ards and prints now available

ards and prints now available

Image Credit: Painting by Christy Bloom

Christmas cards and prints, featuring a painting of a Goshen Dairy horse-drawn wagon titled “Going Home Christmas Eve,” are now available.

The artwork featured on this card was painted by Tuscarawas County artist Christy Bloom. It is the 15th in a series of paintings featuring the importance of faith, family and friends in the Tuscarawas Valley. Cards are $20 for a pack of 20 cards and are on sale at Dayspring Christian Bookstore and Alley Cats in New Philadelphia, Bloom’s Printing in Dennison, and online at www.etsy.com/shop/ArtistChristyBloom. Signed prints also are available at Alley Cats and in the Etsy Shop. Proceeds will go toward Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.

The following brief history is printed on the back of each card:

Goshen Dairy was started in 1920 by William Bichsel, Sr. It consisted of a 25-square-foot building and three horse-drawn wagons. These were the days when milk was delivered in bottles by horse and wagon or truck to customers’ doorsteps. After 10 years of hard work and seemingly impossible obstacles, Goshen Dairy opened a retail outlet in Dover in 1930. Three years later a retail store was opened in New Philadelphia.

It was during that period that Goshen Dairy took the lead in progressive dairying. Among its firsts were the introduction of pasteurized and homogenized milk and cream top bottles to the area. How many of you still remember the Happy Bar and the Sky Rocket ice cream cone, which became a trademark of Goshen Dairy?

Goshen Dairy served all of Tuscarawas, Holmes, Carroll, Stark, Coshocton and Harrison counties. Keeping up on all the latest dairy methods, dairy equipment and a fleet of delivery trucks manned by the best delivery men in the area made Goshen Dairy a leader in the dairy industry. In addition, Goshen relied on fresh milk from local dairy farmers, thus continuing the policy of the freshest milk available for all dairy products.

During its peak Goshen Dairy operated 13 convenient dairy stores and 13 commercial routes throughout the area. In 2002 Smith Dairy Products Company of Orrville, Ohio purchased Goshen’s manufacturing facility located in downtown New Philadelphia. The extended Bichsel family continues to live in Tuscarawas County to this day.