The interesting aspect of this for me is that in 1950, serious dairy farmers--interested in laying out significant money for new milking equipment--were venturing into downtown Flint to find a dealer for that milking equipment. Towns that we now think of as exurbs for metro Flint--Davison, Fenton, Swartz Creek, and so forth--were farm-country towns then, with grain elevators, Railway Express offices, tractor/equipment dealers/repairers, lumberyards and of course hardware stores to serve the surrounding farms.It seems odd to me that DeLaval bypassed those farm-oriented sellers to offer their products on Beach Street.
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