Hermon C. Raven Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Raven, Hermon Case, 1881-1937
Hermon C. Raven papers
1909 - 1962, undated
0.25 Cubic feet

Preferred Citation note

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing,Michigan".

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Biographical Note

Hermon Case Raven was born April 24, 1881 to William Franklin Raven and Elona Case Raven. His father worked for the Michigan state College as an extension representative for many years and was a known progressive farmer. He also owned the first Babcock tester (four bottle) in southern Michigan and had a creamery' on his farm. It was here that Hermon learned his first creamery work.

In 1900 Hermon attended the Michigan Agricultural College. In 1901 he worked a year in a creamery at Jerome, Michigan and then at the Ohio Dairy Company in Toledo, Ohio, for about six months. In the spring of 1903 he went to Cook Valley, Wisconsin where he ran a skimming station.

In January 1904 he attended a creamery short course at the University of Wisconsin. He then operated the Co-operative Creamery at Vale. Wisconsin during 1907 - 1909. Early in 1910 he moved to Clinton Junction, Wisconsin where he worked for Ed. Seaman for a year.

In April 1911, he moved to Portland, Oregon and in May 1911 he started working for the Hazelwood Creamery and continued until 1920.

In March 1920 he and his wite opened up the Raven Dairy in a small stall in the Fire House Market. Here they expanded several times, and in November 1923 they moved to the Russell Building, 715 S. W. 4th Avenue.

He passed away April 5th 1937.

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Scope and Content

The collection contains clippings, photographs, certificate of appreciation, and ribbons, dealing with butter making, and the life of Herman C. Raven, April 24, 1881 - April 5, 1937.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections December 2011

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Conditions Governing Use note

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Custodial History

Transferred by MSU Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.

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Related Materials

Separated Materials note

Three items transferred to MSU Museum: 1 pewter medal on black leather strap, Wisconsin Butter makers Association Ninth Conference 1 Sterling silver medal on red ribbon bar pin,Pacific International Livestock Exposition 1 bronze triangular medal, Butter Makers and Cheesemakers Association

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Photographs

Personal Name(s)

  • Raven, Weston F.


  • Creameries

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Collection Inventory

Drawer Folder

Biography Undated 

F.D. 1

Certificate of Appreciation and Ribbons 1930-1936 

F.D. 2

Clippings 1927-1939 

F.D. 3

Collection Correspondence 1985-1986 

F.D. 4

Photograph and Clipping Album 1909-1962 

F.D. 5