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J.L. Kraft 1874-1953

J.L. Kraft 1874-1953

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted May, 2005

J.L. Kraft 1874-1953

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted April, 2012

Plaque Location

The Region of Niagara
The Town of Fort Erie
On the east side of Niagara Boulevard
at the foot of Forsythe Street
a block south of Bertie Street

Coordinates: N 42 54.702 W 78 54.540


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Plaque Text

Cheese maker James Lewis Kraft was born on a dairy farm near Stevensville in 1874. He was educated locally and worked nearby at Ferguson's general store. In 1903, Kraft went to Buffalo then Chicago where he set up his own wholesale cheese business. Four of his brothers joined the company in 1909, opening a cheese factory in 1914. Kraft developed a revolutionary process, patented in 1916, for pasteurising cheese so that it would resist spoiling and could be shipped long distances. The company grew quickly, expanding into Canada in 1919. Over the years, Kraft introduced many innovative products and used progressive marketing techniques to make his company one of North America's leading food producers. Kraft also supported the Baptist Church and was a strong proponent of religious education for young people.

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Fort Erie Plaques

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> Posted April 3, 2012
We're a 4-H Club in Sudbury, ON. We are in the midst of the project, "Milk Makes It Better", one of 4-H Ontario's traditional projects. We are learning about J.L. Kraft! Thanks for the info. ~Paulette, 4-H Club Leader

> Posted March 19, 2010
he's my great great great great (Thats 4 greats) grandfather!

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