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A Massive Moo-ve for Elsie the Cow

After spending the majority of her life outside the Gas City corporate offices in Frankfort, on May 15, the former Gas City icon moved into her new home outside The Creamery in Mokena.

Moo-ve over Frankfort, Elsie the cow has a new home at The Creamery in Mokena.

Following the closure of , many were left wondering where the giant cow would next call home. On May 15, the mascot was towed from the Homer Glen home of William McEnery to her new permanent residence in Mokena.

“This was kind of my first pick. This is one of our bigger sites, our busiest site, and a lot of people will be able to see her,” said Billy McEnery, owner of McEnery Enterprises. “She definitely fits in well.”

On-hand for the move were Mokena Mayor Joe Werner, Mokena trustee Don Labriola, Village Clerk Patricia Patt and Assistant Village Administrator Kirk Zoellner, along with members of the McEnery family and several residents. The relocation took just over an hour to complete and utilized a 70-ton crane and Airline Towing, Inc.

“She's got a new home and hopefully she's got at least another 40 years here,” McEnery said.

To celebrate Elsie's relocation, all Creamery stores in the area sold Root Beer Floats, called “black cows,” at half price.

Werner said that it was a great to have a local icon moving into the village.

“I think it's fantastic, it is a great icon,” Werner said. “It's very fitting, Mokena has a rich history of dairy industry. … In retrospect, from a historical standpoint, there's a nice connection there. I think it's also an icon of a great company, that continues to do very well here in Mokena.”

Jill May 16, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Soooo, did she come here from Frankfort.....or Homer Glen? I thought she was in Frankfort, the article mentions both towns, and pictures don't lie! In pic #2, it looks as if she just made it over the overpass on Wolf Rod, at 187th Street, which would be from Homer Glen.
Mike May 16, 2012 at 02:24 PM
It's really inteesting how the Creamery was such a contentious issue before we got rid of the rebel rousers on the village board. It's nice to live in a town with adult leadership.
Lauren Traut (Editor) May 16, 2012 at 03:02 PM
She was outside the Frankfort corporate office of Gas City for most of her life. After the office closed, she was moved to McEnery's home in Homer Glen. So, she rolled into Mokena from HG.
Anthony A Dina Jr. May 16, 2012 at 04:02 PM
There always will be pros and cons to an issue, why can't we all just co-exist and try to make things work instead of all negative attitudes and responses we get, St Francis of Assisi said "accept the things we cannot change, courage to change the things we can,, and the wisdom to know the difference".
Jill May 17, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Ahhhh! I didn't know that she had previously mooo-ved to Homer Glen! That's what I figured, once I saw pic #2. Thanks for the info Lauren.
Lauren Traut (Editor) May 17, 2012 at 02:15 AM
My pleasure, Jill! :) That's what I'm here for!

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