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Markerville

Markerville Creamery: In 1891 Dan Morkeberg, came from Denmark to the United States where he got a job starting up local creameries -- installing the equipment and training someone to use it. Eventually he was hired by C.P. Marker, Dairy Commissioner of the Northwest Territories, to set up the first creamery in Edmonton.

In 1899 Morkeberg moved to Markerville, then called Tindastoll. The government had bought out the small cheese factories in the area and combined operations in a single spot. In a log building on the edge of the Red Deer River, two engines separated 2000 lbs of cream per hour. The whole milk came to the factory in 30-gallon cans, which, if one lived on the opposite side of the often-flooded waterway, would take a great deal of ingenuity to deliver. Morkeberg was to spend six weeks in Tindastoll, and then set up operations somewhere else.

He enjoyed the Icelandic families that had homesteaded at Tindastoll so much that he stayed there for the rest of his life. In 1924, his work at Markerville was recognized by the King of Denmark when he was bestowed the title "Ridder of Danebrog, Knight of the Danish Flag".



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