Milkman’s relic humming around York County today

Paul Kuehnel of the York Daily Record/Sunday News has produced a video showing an operational old-time gas/electric Rutter’s Daily milk truck.

That truck, seen nowadays at the York Fair, aided in milk delivery years ago.
More recently, the last-known milkman to make deliveries in the York area was a Rutter’s route man, John Schwartz.
That came in 1994, after Schwartz had been making deliveries for 45 years.
Rutter’s opened its first convenience stores in York in 1968, the beginning of the end for home deliveries… .


That relegated the fleet of dairy trucks to museum pieces, such as the one Paul reported that Jay Crist was operating.
The Rutter’s story goes back to before York County’s founding. Rutter’s started west of the Susquehanna River in 1747.
Well, we’ll let this excerpt from “Never to be Forgotten” tell the rest:

Jacob Rutter and Nathaniel Lightner receive a 370-acre land grant in Manchester Township from the Penn proprietors. Today, a dairy farm operates on the same land, one of the oldest continuously operated family farms in America. Three Rutter brothers established a dairy in 1921 and started processing milk to sell.
The growing company opened its first convenience stores in York in 1968. The family expects to keep the land in the family. “Our fathers asked us not to sell the farmland,” Mike Rutter, an eighth-generation member of the family, said. “Maybe the cows won’t be here in due time, but I think the land will be here.”

About Jim McClure

Editor of the York Daily Record/Sunday News, ydr.com and its many digital products. East Region Editor, Digital First Media. Journalism/history blogger: yorktownsquare.com. Author or co-author of seven York County, Pa., history books.
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3 Responses to Milkman’s relic humming around York County today

  1. KenBob says:

    That was a grade A job on the video. What a neat truck…and no seats! Guess you had to have a good grip on the wheel when accelerating or you’d wind up falling backwards.

  2. KenBob,
    Thanks for comments. It speaks well of Paul and the rest of our talented photography staff that they have the ability — and are willing — to adapt as the needs of readers change.
    Jim McClure

  3. Keith Kahlbaugh says:

    It’s good to see the restoration of the local milk delivery trucks that Jay Crist has completed! Thank you for sharing.
    Keith Kahlbaugh

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