The Norman Transcript

Breaking News


December 17, 2012

Demolition of Rhodes granary marks changing Norman landscape

NORMAN — James Brockhaus remembers the old Rhodes granary and Norman’s local dairy industry well.

“We used to get feed up there some,” Brockhaus said. “We had a dairy out east of Norman.”

Brockhaus said there used to be a dairy “right west of it there, right across from the park on the north — Sloan’s Guernsey Dairy.”

Brockhaus said he lived Norman’s history.

“I worked at the fire department and started in ’48. I knew all the streets, really, from delivering milk,” he said.

As a child, Brockhaus delivered milk house to house.

“Sometimes we set it on the porch and knocked on their doors,” he said. “Some people had us go in and put it in the ice box. Back then, people didn’t lock their doors like they do now.”

He remembers “a grain mill south of Main Street, west of the railroad tracks. There was a big ice plant across the street from it, and Steffen’s dairy was across the street.”

That grain mill south of Main was likely Rhodes’ predecessor, Massey Grain Co.

Brockhaus said the plant furnished ice for small ice plants.

When delivering milk, Brockhaus said they used a large, insulated box with ice.

“We bought 600 pounds of ice a day to keep the milk cold,” he said.

“At one time, there was probably in the neighborhood of 50 dairies in this area, but I guess most of them sold to Highland, but it was McCormick’s Gilt Edge Dairy back then,” Brockhaus said. “When they moved down to where Highland is now, they changed it to Gilt Edge Dairy.”

Gilt Edge Dairy is listed on 302 S. Porter Ave. in the yellow pages of the 1950 Norman phone book.

McCormick’s dairy originally was located by the railroad tracks near Gray Street on the southwest corner, Brockhaus said.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Oklahoma City Memorial Bombing museum gets tech boost

    OKLAHOMA CITY — A memorial and museum built to remember the worst act of domestic terrorism on American soil is in the midst of a $7 million upgrade so it can better portray how different the world was when Timothy McVeigh blew up the ...

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Is Okla. backing off accountability?

    One by one, K-12 education reforms passed in previous years by Oklahoma lawmakers are being targeted for weakening or repeal....

    April 19, 2014

  • Hope Trunk travels to Norman

    The rustle of paper could be heard as students meticulously folded one crane, then another and another Friday afternoon. After reading the inspiring story, “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes,” Cleveland Elementary School fifth graders ...

    April 19, 2014

  • Congressman Cole reflects on recovery

    Congressman Tom Cole’s home in Moore was not hit by the May 20 tornado but it came pretty close. His wife has made it clear she wants a saferoom, he said. In a visit to the Transcript on Friday afternoon, Cole talked about tornado ...

    April 19, 2014

  • Gaylord to get $35,000 grant for poverty project

    A team from Gaylord College is among the first winners in a national competition to fund innovative news experiments that serve communities, the Online News Association has announced....

    April 19, 2014

  • U.S. puts off pipeline decision

    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is putting off its decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, likely until after the November elections, by extending its review of the controversial project indefinitely....

    April 19, 2014

  • Garage sale to benefit Team Jamie’s Crew set

    A garage sale to benefit Team Jamie’s Crew will start at 9 a.m. today at 1510 Melrose Drive....

    April 19, 2014

  • Sonic plans expansion

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma-based Sonic Corp. plans to open 1,000 new drive-in restaurants nationwide over the next 10 years, expanding the chain by about 30 percent, the company said....

    April 19, 2014

  • Singing Sooners show set

    The University of Oklahoma School of Music presents the Singing Sooners Spring Show at 8 p.m. Friday, April 25 in the Sharp Concert Hall, Catlett Music Center. Jim Graves and Stephen Ziegler serve as directors for the group....

    April 19, 2014

  • Study: Half of jailed youths have injury

    NEW YORK — About half of all 16- to 18-year-olds coming into New York City’s jails say they had a traumatic brain injury before being incarcerated, most caused by assaults, according to a new study that’s the latest in a growing body of ...

    April 19, 2014