Whether or not it’s accurate, the story we’ve been told is that the Stueve family, who had a small dairy in Monrovia, purchased Altadena Dairy in 1945. They hyphenated the name and moved it out of Altadena. The Lincoln Avenue property was sold soon after, for post-war housing.
|The Alta Dena Dairy (the one with the hyphenated name)
was started in 1945 by the Stueve family, and
is now part of Monterrey Provision Company.
Some years later, Harold Steuve became a raw milk activist, in opposition to pasteurization. After a brief arrest for contempt of court, Steuve, the mayor of Monrovia, said in an LA Times article, that he is strongly opposed to pasteurization because it causes milk to lose almost all of the enzymes. Read more about the history of the raw milk controversy and the Alta Dena Dairy in an article on the KCET website, Grab a Pint: Altadena Dairy Drive Thrus by Jessica Ritz.