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Charles O. Grigsby Jr. papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 21/7/130

Scope and Content

The collection (1989-2010) contains biographical information, documentation about cheese production, the Native American Herbal Ointments (NAHO) and Zero Rust companies, personal and professional correspondence, and a publication: The History of the Bladinsville, Illinois Grigsbys.

The collection also contains a set of personal journals that Grigsby started in 1997. In the first journal, Grigsby writes about his past career and in subsequent journals he focuses more and more on daily events, business activities, and personal thoughts. One journal that would have had entries from March to October 1998 is missing from the set.


  • 1989-2010

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Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


Charles O. Grigsby Jr. was born on February 27, 1917. He received a B.S. degree (1941) in Dairy Industry from Iowa State College (University).

After graduation, Grigsby served in the United States Navy (1942-1946). Following his military service, Grigsby worked for Kraft Foods as a bacteriologist in the cheese making division (1946-1952). After leaving Kraft Foods, Grigsby started the Lorraine Cheese Company where he developed new and innovative cheese products (1953-1985).

In 1985, Grigsby sold the Lorraine Cheese Company and subsequently started the Chevreal Cheese Company (1988) and the Zero Rust Company (1988). Grigsby also started the Native American Healing Ointments Company (1996), which produces ointments to treat psoriasis and arthritis.

Grigsby and his wife Lorraine currently reside near Hamilton, Illinois.


1.05 Linear Feet (1 half-document box, and 2 document boxes)


The collection is organized Alphabetically.

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

RS 21/7/130. Charles O. Grigsby Jr. papers, 1989-2010
January 15, 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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Iowa State University
Ames Iowa 50011-2102 United States
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