Elm Farm Ollie Day 2/18

Yes, Valentine’s Day is coming soon, but did you know February 18 is Elm Farm Ollie Day? Of course it is! We celebrate the historic first flight in an airplane by a cow. On Feb. 18, 1930, Nellie Jay (who later became better known as “Elm Farm Ollie”) went aloft in a Ford Tri-Motor to fly from her home in Bismarck, Missouri to the aviation expo in St. Louis. And, the rest is history.

Join us in celebrating this monumental event with a condimental gift from the Mustard Museum. We pay tribute to the three most famous cows in history — Elm Farm Ollie, Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow, and the Cow That Jumped Over the Moon. The mustard connection? Here in Wisconsin, we have a saying: “A cow who cuts the mustard is a cow who can be trusted.”

Our Bovine Beauties Gift Box contains three mustards honoring these magnificent mooers AND a CD recording of the Bovine Cantata in Bb Major, from the operetta Madame Butterfat, PLUS an Elm Farm Ollie Day Greeting Card. Or you can combine the two holidays with the chocolatized upgrade — three Wisconsin cow chocolates!

For more about famous cows, you can also check out this article at mentalfloss.com

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2 Responses to Elm Farm Ollie Day 2/18

  1. Pingback: February 18 – Cow Milked While Flying in an Airplane Day « 365 reasons to celebrate

  2. Diane Rademacher says:

    Hello Barry,
    Last summer you made my day when I called about the history of Elm Farm Ollie (a.k.a. Nellie) for my book on St. Louis Firsts. Well, I’m getting closer to publication date and I thought I would share the article that I found in the St. Louis Globe Democrat from February 19, 1930 — headlined: “Sales at Air Show Total $254,000, Cow Flies.” Here goes::

    “. . . An interesting visitor at the Parks Airport yesterday was a Guernsey cow weighing more than 1000 pounds, which journeyed here by way of trimotored airship from her pasture at Bismarck, MO., a point seventy-two miles distant.
    The cow was milked while in flight, and the product was parachuted down in paper containers when the plane circled the Arena buildings. Originally it had been intended to land the large ship at the Forest Park field; however, the plan was abandoned in face of the fact that many spectators dotted the area.”

    A few quick questios: Can I buy just one jar of Elm Farm Ollie mustard?. Do you know the source for the picture of the cow boarding the plane? Do you have an exhibit at your museum about Ollie? ( I hope to visit some day.) May I send you my article for the book for fact checking? I do mention your museum — good publicity!

    Thanks, this is great fun and Happy Elm Farm Ollie Day!

    I just love the amazing story and that you have kept it alive. I

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