In 1938 a Federal Grand Jury found on Chicago's doorstep not just milk-bottles, but a milk monopoly that fixed prices to farmers and customers, controlled supply and distribution, harassed and coerced independents who tried to sell milk at lower prices.

The jury found the monopoly extended from the ten big milk-distributing corporations through a dealers' association, a farm milk-producers' association, and milk-bottlers, down through an A. F. of L. milkwagon drivers' union to President Herman N. Bundesen and his Chicago Board of Health, a police officer, Daniel A. Gilbert, and two men...

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