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Register of the Grabow (Herman G.) Collection, 1922-1987
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Access Points
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Grabow (Herman G.) Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1922-1987
    Collection number: Ms24
    Creator: Herman G. Grabow
    Extent: 0.5 linear
    Repository: San Joaquin County Museum.
    Lodi, CA 95241
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Collection is open for research by appointment only.

    Publication Rights

    The library can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary property.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Grabow (Herman G.) Collection, Ms24, San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum.

    Access Points

    personal name

    Grabow, Herman G. (1898-1993)

    corporate name

    California Dairymen, Inc
    California State Grange
    Parkers Prairie (Minn.) Cow Testing Association

    subject

    Dairying - California
    Dairy farmers - California
    Dairy laws - California
    Dairy inspection - Minnesota
    Dairy inspection - California
    Dairy cattle - Breeding - California
    Agricultural journalists - California
    Lobbyists - California

    geographic name

    California - San Joaquin County - History
    California - Ventura County - History
    Parkers Prairie (Minn.) - History

    Biography

    Herman Grabow (1898-1993) was a cow tester, dairyman, radio personality, journalist and lobbyist for the California Grange. Trained as a cow tester at the University of Minnesota, Grabow came to California in 1923, where he found work as a tester in Ventura County. After losing his dairy in the midst of the Great Depression, Grabow came to San Joaquin County where he acquired a spread that was being sold for back taxes. With financial help from Roosevelt's New Deal, Grabow bought alfalfa seed and twenty cows. By the late 1930s he was well-established and had became Director of the local artificial insemination association. From the 1940s, Grabow also became a farmers' advocate. He worked for forty years to advance the cause of the California dairy industry through legislation and advertising as President of the California Dairymen, Inc. and as a lobbyist for the California State Grange. Grabow also published a regular column on dairy-related topics in the California Farmer during the 1960s. He will be well- remembered among dairymen in particular for his contributions to the passage of the California Milk Pooling Act (1969), which gave independent dairymen greater protection from milk price fluctuations.

    Scope and Content

    The Grabow Collection contains biographical materials, correspondence, writings and other memorabilia pertaining to the life and activities of Herman Grabow.