First, Elsie the Gas City cow—a corporate mascot some consider a Frankfort icon—was taken from the village without much warning. Now, the bovine is going to have a new home: Mokena's Creamery location.
Talk about adding insult to injury.
The Creamery announced on its Facebook page Friday that Elsie will be moving into her new digs Tuesday, May 15. In honor of the event, all Creamery locations will be serving half-priced root beer floats, known as "black cows", that day.
It's not so much that Elsie was ripped from her undersized corrale in front of the former corporate offices of the defunct Gas City that's irksome; the fiberglass mascot is the property of financially troubled businessman William McEnery, and it orginally had a home atop one of his gas stations. No, the kick in the teeth is that it's going to a Creamery ice cream shop in Mokena when Frankfort has its own Creamery just down the road from Elsie's home since 1976.
It makes sense for the Elsie's new home should be at a Creamery, the local chain was part of the Gas City empire and is now owned by McEnery's son, William "Billy" McEnery, and McEnery Enterprises. But it should be the Frankfort location. Elsie has history here, and now that Gas City is gone, the cow would be a nice memento to one of Frankfort's prominent corporate citizens, a sweet thank you to the village that the company called home.
Instead, like many of the circumstances surrounding Gas City's bankruptcy, it just leaves some sour memories.
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