The Kahres Dairy Farm was established in northern Delhi Township in 1906 by Henry and Meline Kahres. By the 1920s, the dairy became a partnership between brothers Martin and George Kahres and their widowed mother Meline. The Kahres Dairy produced and distributed their own dairy products, offering home milk delivery and other products, including ice cream, at their dairy store located on Cedar Street.
The dairy expanded over the years, purchasing land off West Holt Road in 1935. By the mid-1960s, the dairy moved its operation entirely to West Holt Road when I-96 was built.
In 2021, the Kahres family donated a large collection of farm artifacts to the Holt-Delhi Historical Society (HDHS). The HDHS is currently raising funds to build a small museum to house the collection, to educate the public on Delhi’s agricultural heritage, and to illustrate historic dairy processes through original artifacts used by the Kahres Dairy Farm.
More information on the collection and project can be found at holthistory.org/kahres-collection.