Chris Ewald emigrated from Denmark in the early 1900’s. Ewald got his start on rented land near Lake Hiawatha in South Minneapolis. After the Minneapolis Park Board acquired the land he was renting, Ewald purchased the 607 acre McNair Farm. On March 11, 1911 Chris and his son herded his cows through Minneapolis some 12 miles to Golden Valley. The property straddled the municipal boundries of Minneapolis, Golden Valley and Robbinsdale from 19th Avenue North all the way up to Lowry Avneue. They built one barn for 50 – 60 cows and another for horses. The farmhouse was located near Xerxes Avenue. The horses pulled the wagons that delivered milk to customers north to Robbinsdale and Anoka, west to Golden Valley and Wayzata and south to St. Louis Park and Bloomington. After World War I, the Ewald Brothers purchased five acres and built a dairy pasteurizing plant at Xerxes and 19th Avenue North. After the Ewald Family left the McNair farm in 1923, most of the property was sold off for residential lots and developed as Robbinsdale’s McNair Manor neighborhood. The Ewald pasteurizing plant on Xerxes and 19th Avenue was torn down in the 1980’s and the land was divided for a cluster of new homes built by Habitat for Humanity.
William Douglas Ewald, the great-grandson of Chris Ewald, founder of the Ewald Brothers Dairy will present a the story of the Ewald Dairy and family at our next membership meeting, Tuesday Octoner 27th at 1:00pm.
Membership meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of the months March, April, May, September,October and November. They are open to the public and all are welcome. We meet at 1:00 p.m. in the basement of the police & fire station at 41-1/2 and Hubbard Avenue N.