Baylor University Poage Library

Finding Aid for the Meadowbrook Farms Collection

Collection Statement

Hal Pledger, daughter of Homer and Celest Rhea Warren, brought materials relating to the former family business, Meadowbrook Farms located in what is now Hewitt, Texas. Meadowbrook Farms produced and sold fresh milk products in McLennan County from the early 1900s until c.1965 when the Farms began selling their milk to a milk bottling plant. A number of these materials document the marketing aspects of a local dairy during the middle of the twentieth century.

While the farm is no longer producing milk, Hal Pledger still lives on the farm just south of Waco.

Because Congressman W. R. Poage' mother, Miss Nellie, and Homer Warren's mother, were good friends, their children grew up friends. So when Bob Poage set out to write a book about how people in Central Texas lived in the first half of the twentiety century, he naturally asked his good friend, Homer Warren to write a chapter about life on a dairy farm. The result was published by Poage as How We Lived, 1905-1920, On a McLennan County Farm.

Warren was former Mayor of Hewitt and a successful dairyman, banker, and community leader. He was also involved in the early days of the Farm Bureau in McLennan County.

There are no restrictions placed on any of these materials.

Series Outline and Description

NOTE: The Series Headings are linked to the pages containing images of the all the items in the Series.

I. Meadowbrook Short Sheets
Fifteen "Meadowbrook Short Sheet" publications document the marketing aspects of a local dairy during the middle of the twentieth century These half sheet ads (5.5" x 8.5") were placed with the fresh milk when it was delivered directly to local Waco homes and provide important information about how the milk was produced, tested, and processed as well as the health benefits of drinking a quart of milk a day.

II. Postcard ads
Six penny postcards document advertising mailed to residents not already on the home delivery route expounding the value of Meadowbrook milk.

III. Farm Bureau Correspondence
One letter dated January 31, 1945, encourages Mr. A. F. Adcock in Eddy, Texas, to enlist new members for the Farm Bureau. Homer Warren served as president of the local Waco Farm Bureau in the mid-1940s.

IV. Resolution
A two-page resolution with comments requesting McLennan County Commissioners authorize the use of county road building equipment to assist farmers in constructing terraces on local farms to prevent erosion.

V. Advertisement
Broadside ad, 8.5" x 11": "Meadowbrook Farms Milk in Gallon Jugs Produced on our own farms at Hewitt, 5 miles south of Waco. This Mornings Milk

VI. Photographs
Various photos of Homer Warren and his family.