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Register of the Grabow (Herman G.) Collection, 1922-1987
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The Grabow Collection contains biographical materials, correspondence, writings and other memorabilia pertaining to the life and activities of Herman Grabow.
Herman Grabow (1898-1993) was a cow tester, dairyman, radio personality, journalist and lobbyist for the California Grange. Trained as a cow tester at the University of Minnesota, Grabow came to California in 1923, where he found work as a tester in Ventura County. After losing his dairy in the midst of the Great Depression, Grabow came to San Joaquin County where he acquired a spread that was being sold for back taxes. With financial help from Roosevelt's New Deal, Grabow bought alfalfa seed and twenty cows. By the late 1930s he was well-established and had became Director of the local artificial insemination association. From the 1940s, Grabow also became a farmers' advocate. He worked for forty years to advance the cause of the California dairy industry through legislation and advertising as President of the California Dairymen, Inc. and as a lobbyist for the California State Grange. Grabow also published a regular column on dairy-related topics in the California Farmer during the 1960s. He will be well- remembered among dairymen in particular for his contributions to the passage of the California Milk Pooling Act (1969), which gave independent dairymen greater protection from milk price fluctuations.
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