Does the Gas City Cow Belong in Mokena?

On May 2, a Frankfort mascot—Elsie, the Gas City cow—was removed from the grounds of the bankrupt company's old headquarters. On Friday, its owners said Elsie will move to the Mokena Creamery on May 15. Is that fair?

First, . 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 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.

READ: Our Gas City Section Has Complete Coverage of the Company's Bankruptcy

Instead, like many of the circumstances surrounding Gas City's bankruptcy, it just leaves some sour memories.

WHAT DO YOU THINK? Does Elsie the Gas City cow belong in Mokena? Or should it come back to Frankfort? Vote in our poll and share your thoughts in the comments section.

Don Labriola May 12, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Mokena is a great place for Elsie. As I understand it, the Creamery location in Frankfort was considered but there isn't a suitable display area because of the limited lot size. Also, if my knowledge of Mokena history serves me correctly, there was once a dairy across the street from the Mokena Creamery location on Wolf Road. Besides, I have it on good authority that Elsie "Loves Mokena". Trustee Don
James A. Hyerczyk May 13, 2012 at 10:33 AM
It belongs at 55th & Pulaski where it was born and raised about 1 mile north of the Cigar Store Indian on 63rd & Pulaski.
Denise A. May 13, 2012 at 08:38 PM
with all do respect Mr Hyerczyk...Elsie has been a member of our community for 46 years. Just because I was born at Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey, IL doesn't mean I "belong" there ;) I can only assume that a very SMALL percentage of the community your speaking of even knows she even exists...and could care less where she retires. On the other hand...only a VERY SMALL percentage (mostly newborn babies) dont know who she is in Frankfort. We, as a community, are Her family...and she belongs with us!! PLEASE BRING HER BACK HOME WHERE SHE BELONGS!!!!!
Erin Hoffman May 16, 2012 at 01:37 AM
The Hoffmans (residents of Frankfort) do not agree with Elsie moving to Mokena. She is a Frankfort icon and hopefully people will realize that and bring her back home.


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