Dr. James Tilton, a former professor in the department of animal and range science at North Dakota State University, saw columns here related to the destruction of the NDSU building adjacent to the chemistry building. That led him to provide additional information about the building.
“Prior to 1950 and until 1975, it was known as the Dairy Building, with Dr. Chris Jensen as the head of the department,” Jim writes.
“In 1968, the departments of animal science, dairy science and poultry science were joined under the leadership of M. L. Buchanan, longtime leader of animal science. He established a small cadre of animal science faculty in the Dairy Building. That group included Dr. George Fisher, Dr. Howard McLeod, John N. Johnson and Jim Tilton (the writer of this information).
“Our secretary was Pauline Oveson, wife of Karl Oveson, the renowned gardener for NDSU.
“The Dairy Building also included the milk processing plant operated five days per week by Lyle Beck and Albert Jurijans.
“The milk was hauled by those gentlemen from the Dairy Barn on 19th Avenue North to be processed, bottled and sold from the lower level of the Dairy Building.
“A unique aside was that Albert Jurijans was a World War II refugee from Latvia. He told the group of having escaped through Germany while being fired upon by enemy aircraft. He was able to bring his wife, Milda, and two children to the U.S.
“A small group of graduate students, faculty and Albert convened occasionally on Fridays at 4:30 p.m. in the Empire Tavern for refreshments. Albert frequently purchased meat, cheeses and crackers from Leeby’s Grocery store. He was truly a wonderful fellow who we all revered.
“Animal science was moved back to Walster Hall in 1974. Animal science personnel were moved to the newly constructed Hultz Hall in 1976. The Dairy Building then became the horticulture building and later the geoscience building until its demolition .”
Jim, who “Neighbors” thanks for sending in this information, was with NDSU from 1965 to 2003.
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