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A time that was, that will never be again: National Historic Cheesemaking Center
The First Kraft Cheese Factory was located in Stockton, Ill. J. L. Kraft first retailed cheese in 1903 with horse and wagon. In 1909, four of Kraft's brothers joined him and incorporated as J. L. Kraft & Bros. Co. opening their first cheese factory in Stockton in 1915, producing processed cheese in 3 1/2 and 7 3/4 ounce tins obtaining the patent in 1916. The company supplied cheese to the U.S. government for the armed forces of World War I. J. L Kraft then followed up on his success with Velveeta Process Cheese, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Miracle Whip Salad Dressing and Kraft Dinner Macaroni and Cheese.