The first building constructed in 1952, was called the "Ham House". It was at this time that farming became secondary to the ham business. The extra space allowed ham curing in larger quantities.
E.M. Burger, (Company Founder), took pride in every ham he produced. Shown here in the mid 60's, inspecting our Southern Smokehouse hams after curing, aging, and smoking.
On July 18, 1956, E.M. Burger is shown before he leaves for Washington, DC to meet with Dr. J.S. Stein, of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. At that meeting, our little "Ham House" in the Missouri Ozarks became the first federally inspected country ham plant in the nation.
Presents the trophy for the Grand Champion Ham at the 1955 Missouri State Fair to Morris Burger, whom at that time, was a 20-year old Agriculture student at the University of Missouri.
When greeting a visitor and giving a tour of our plant, we usually give 1952 as the beginning date and the fact that 1,000 hams were cured the first year. However, the roots of BURGERS' OZARK COUNTRY CURED HAMS, INC. can be traced to the 1920's. The following excerpt taken from an article written June 18, 1984, gives a colorful description of those early days... (Read More)
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