Tauber Co. and Tauberlak kefir

August 1, 2007 · Collections, Manuscripts ·

Articles have been written about the Jewish farmers of Connecticut, but it was only recently that the CHS received its first related records. Benjamin and Mary Tauber operated a farm in Uncasville. In the 1930 census his primary language is listed as Yiddish and hers was Russian.  These Russian immigrants developed a “honey malt tonic” called Tauberlak, a name they trademarked. There are letters in this relatively small collection from school principals in New London and from the United States Coast Guard attesting to the value of Tauberlak and their intent to continue providing it to their students or sailors. Two other letters are orders for more Tauberlak kefir and some regular milk for the Coast Guard. To these are added several advertising post cards and a sample label. The few items we have only whet one’s appetite to learn more about this “niche” market.

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