Milk Delivery the Day Before the Automobile Replaced the Horse, 1956

The last day of milk delivery by horse and wagon, 1956 <br> The Agricultural Historians

The last day of milk delivery by horse and wagon, 1956
The Agricultural Historians

In days gone by, most Charlottetown residents had their milk delivered. Milk men would set out early in the morning, with their horse and cart, to deliver fresh milk and cream to their customers. The horses famously knew their routes around town, and exactly where and when to stop. It is said that the horse knew better than the driver at times. Historian, Catherine Hennessey has a wonderful entry on her blog, Catherinehennessey.com about a delivery horse named Jim who worked for Garden City Dairy since the company opened in 1926. Catherine, and a few members of her family, went down to Walker’s Livery Stable on King Street (147 King Street) and hired Jim to go for a drive around Charlottetown. The little group wanted to go out on the Hillsborough River but Jim was not having it. He knew his route and he was sticking to it. They eventually persuaded Jim to take them on a tour around Victoria Park but it was not easy. Sadly, Jim died one day in 1944 while performing his delivery duties on Prince Street.

 

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