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Town of Taylor is in eastern central Cortland County, and has an estimated
population of about 500 people. The
town is bounded by Chenango Co. on the east.
Formed from Solon, December 5, 1849.
The town includes the hamlets of
Pond Cheese Factory
written by Ruby Potter
by Nancy Elwood
The cheese factory at
Arna continued to operate the cheese and butter factory for several
years. During this time he lived with his wife Nina and children Edith and Ned
in the small house on the Smith farm.
Many people worked for him, his son-in-law Scott Brooks for many years.
Scott and Arna both had attended
Some people I can recall who worked there were Lora Garner, Clyde Whaley,
Ice cutting was a major part of running the factory. In the summer months
they needed the ice to keep the products cold. According to
Finally Arna decided to try something else or at least in a different
place. A group of farmers formed an Association and bought the plant from Arna.
As far as anyone has been able to remember they were Addison Bush, Walter
Freeman, Clinton and Sam Brooks and maybe Charles Calkins. This association
hired Scott Brooks to operate the plant for a year. Around this time J. A.
Alton Bush worked for Scott for awhile for $60 a month getting up at 3
a.m. Then Scott quit and
Then what had been feared and hoped wouldn’t happen, did happen. Reid
Ice Cream Co. of Cincinnatus bought them out. Butter and cheese were here no
more. The building was made over to accommodate as a transfer station but was
never used as such, and finally closed. Milk trucks started picking up mostly at
the farms. The building was used for a feed store for several years. Pudneys
store handling the feed for Sheerahs and the Baldwins
of Cincinnatus. H.H. Pudney bought the building. When the store was sold
to George Hughes the factory was included in the sale. Hughes sold to Mr. Atwell
who in turn sold to Lee Kibbe. The Kibbe Estate sold to the Delaware Enterprise
Corp. Now being rented by Floyd
Smith for a work shop. Robert Brumale now owns the pond and the old cheese
factory. Roy and Sharon Eltz own and live where the old store was.