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Antique butter chums add country touch to decor
BY BARBARA RADER
BUTLER Butter chums from
the past have not been forgotten.
While some are still in use, most
have become collector’s items.
Butler Countain Jean Zant
recently displayed some of her
butter churns at the Red Bara
Equipment Store’s open house,
dressing up the decor for the
special event. Butter churns play a
similar role in her family’s country
farm house where they are
displayed with other old, but
-*« the use of the barrel churn in the first step of
making butter. Pouring the milk from the wooden pail into the churn.
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When the Zang’s moved to Butler
County from a new home in Pitt
sburgh 20 years ago, they had no
hot water, or bathroom, but they
did find a large coal furnace in the
cellar. Jean said friends and
relatives thought they were crazy
for moving into the old home, but
time has proven them wrong.
With extensive remodeling in the
farm house with the 1876 cor
nerstone, the Zang’s home has a
warm country decor with a
friendly welcome. Jean’s interest
in country collectibles began at the
auction held at their present home.
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She purchased the kettle that had
hung in the summer kitchen and
returned it to the frame it
had hung for years.
“I guess I became interested in
collecting the dairy items from
where I work,” she explains.
Working nearly everyday in a
dairy equipment store, she ap
preciates the farmer and his way
Churning butter began many
years ago, but historians have
never been able to pinpoint the
exact year the practice began.
They believe that it may have
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butter with the dasher churn. Beside her is a barrel churn,
begun as early as 2,000 B.C. in
India where butter was made from
buffaloes’ milk. In other countries
butter is made from the milk of
goats, sheep, horses, reindeer - not
just cow’s milk.
Milk was possibly first made by
shaking the milk in a bag of animal
skin. Today, the butter is made in
large vats in creameries. Penn
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among butter-producing states and
Most of Jean’s churns date from
the 18th and 19th centimes. She
recently added a paddle churn
which has the original dairy cow
decal on the front with Tiffin Union
Chum Co - Tiffin, Ohio, and still
bears the original blue paint. An
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