According to a newspaper article dated January 1916, in the Warwick Advertiser, this business was started early in 1916. The original building was described as frame structure 30x60 feet built by the Welch brothers for a man named Conrad Haaren. They hoped to complete the construction by March of that year and production of milk chocolate was to begin in April. " The new industry will be a most welcome one, for although its force of men will not be very large, it will afford a new market for the dairymen, and it is understood that the price which will be paid for the milk will be somewhat above the ordinary market price."

Mr Haaren said he expects to use at least seventy-five cans of milk a day.
Business must have prospered because it looks as though the building was enlarged from the original size of 30x60 feet.

Mr. J. Richard Gove wrote in to tell me that his father was the Stationary Engineer at the Chocolate Factory prior to his birth in 1925 and that his family lived across from the Conklin and Strong Store which was managed by Harry Bradner at the time.

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