Agricultural History Series
  Missouri State University

 1904 St. Louis Worlds Fair

The Famous Cow

California’s prize cow, Juliana de Kol, was brought to the fair in her own private car.  She was supplied with two private attendants to supply her every want. Charles D. Pierce owned Juliana and they were from Stockton, CA.  She was a Holstein-Friesan.  She broke the record when she was only two years old.  Juliana de Kol had the record of producing the greatest quantity of milk in the seven, thirty, and one hundred day tests. 

 She arrived on the Overland Limited, which came all the way from California.  She represented her state as the delegate to the National Butter Makers Convention.

Her private car was decorated in orange and green, California’s Worlds Fair colors.  Her arrival, which was at 5 o’clock in the morning, was announced with big banners displaying her records and name for all of the fair goers to see.  Hundreds met her at the station and many were permitted to enter the car to examine her.  Colvin B. Brown, secretary Chamber of Commerce and director of the Stockton and San Joaquin County exhibits at the World’s Fair, helped to bring Juliana to the World’s Fair.  She disembarked from her car at 9 o’clock in the morning, covered in a green blanket embroidered with gold braid.  After getting off the car, she was led to the cattle barns.  On the way she experienced a fright from the hustle and bustle of the crowds but was soon calmed down by her lifelong attendant.  She occupied a private “suite” in the barns that was to be hers until the end of the Fair.

Juliana was brought to the Convention to put forth a silent appeal for the next Convention to be held in her native state of California.  Mr. Brown did the talking for the cow during the meeting that decided the next meeting place.

Reference:  St. Louis Republic, October 23, 1904,  p. 8.

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