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Much of the information and photos in this article was provided by Jary Lynn Oncken for Minonktalk.
Nick Butura joined the Minonk Baking Company in 1972 and managed the bakery longer than anyone until his death in 2000. Many people believe that Mr. Butura's presence kept the bakery going and after his death it was a matter of time until it would be closed.
In the end the bakery was doomed by outdated equipment and economies of scale. It was probably too small of an operation to compete in the current marketplace.
In its later years the bakery produced bread for the wholesale market. However, in its earlier days the bakery sold to the retail market. Many of us remember the orange panel trucks that roamed Central Illinois delivering not only bread but all kinds of pastries door-to-door to its customers. There was a bakery shop located in the building where Mary Boyer would kindly dispense fresh baked pastries to customers eager for the morning's offerings.
With the closing of the bakery Minonk residents will no longer wake up each morning to the fragrance of freshly baked bread coming from Oak Street.
Bakery employees group photo - 1961
Bakery employees group photo - 2001
Sally Ann Bread wrapper
Sanitary Bakery store