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Celebrating Our Past: National Historic Cheesemaking Center
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Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Zumkehr are shown lowering a bag of Swiss cheese curd and whey into a square cheese form prior to pressing the cheese. In a small cheese factory, it often was necessary for the wife to assume the role of a hired man. She worked side-by-side with her husband, dipping the cheese, cleaning the separator and kettles, or operating the can washer. She also could be found wrapping cheese, bookkeeping and being the sales clerk for walk-in cheese customers. All these tasks were very often in addition to raising a family and possibly tending a garden as well. (Photo supplied by the National Historic Cheesemaking Center)
Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Zumkehr are shown lowering a bag of Swiss cheese curd and whey into a square cheese form prior to pressing the cheese. In a small cheese factory, it often was necessary for the wife to assume the role of a hired man. She worked side-by-side with her husband, dipping the cheese, cleaning the separator and kettles, or operating the can washer.

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