June 22, 2018
This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
Today’s story is about some of the businesses that sold ice cream and cold beverages in early Junction City. Businesses ranged from saloons and restaurants to soda fountains and drug stores.
An item in the October 14, 1865 issue of the Junction City Union newspaper notes that Billy Lockstone’s saloon “has been the general place for resort for those wanting ice cream, lemonade and other such treats during the summer. He has kept it well and made the place so attractive that people like to go there.”
By the early 20th century, the newspapers were filled with ads for ice cream and ice cream socials. One well-known establishment was the Miller and Shoemaker Soda Fountain, which is featured in a Pennell photo that hangs in our Museum. It was the forerunner of the Miller Drug Store, in 1900. The soda fountain featured a large menu of flavors, which included banana, ginger, wild cherry, sarsaparilla, pineapple, strawberry, lemon, vanilla, root beer and even Coca-Cola. By 1905, the Miller Drug Store was selling ice cream. One of the ads for the store stated that “Ice cream with cow’s cream in it (is) at the Miller Drug Co.” “Try our cream and you will always want it.” “Ask your girl who has best ice cream and she will tell you – The Miller Drug Co.”
When it comes to being refreshed with some tasty, cold ice cream on a hot summer day, your host often has to be reminded – “Everything in moderation” – even when it comes to ice cream.
Thanks for reading today to “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society