Zoeller marks 50 years hauling milk in region

A former Seneca County resident has passed the half-century mark in transporting milk.

Bernie Zoeller started B. Zoeller Trucking more than 50 years ago, hauling milk on routes in the Upper Sandusky, Plain City and Wapakoneta areas. In 1977, he opened a station in Kenton, where he now resides.

“All the daries in the area were closing,” Zoeller told The (Kenton) Times, “I either had to move farther south or open a station here.”

Zoeller said he had hauled milk for Amish farmers in Hardin County earlier in his career, and used the contacts he had established to add Amish dairies to his route.

He now has drivers transporting milk seven days a week, although Amish farmers won’t do business on Sunday, instead storing milk until the following day.

Following customer suggestions, Zoeller and his wife, Jean, also began selling cheese, opening the Mouse House in 1992 at the milk station. The store at 341 W. Columbus St., Kenton, sells meats, cheeses, Amish baked goods, candy and gift baskets.