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, 19000 Wolf Road.

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.

Donna Marshall May 14, 2012 at 12:44 PM
I also welcome Elsie to Mokena. My great-grand parents, George & Mary Marti , had a dairy farm on the exact site of the Creamery. For a while Wolf Rd was named Marti Rd. I have many fond memories of staying at the dairy farm and I am happy to now call Mokena my home.
Charlene Bergman May 14, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Well, I am glad to see that Elsie has found a home be it Mokena or Frankfort. She should be enjoyed here as much as in Frankfort. Just a note - Sunday as I was outside my house on Front Street planting flowers a vehicle stopped in the street asking where the market was located in Mokena and I said it was held on Saturday but they could go to Frankfort as they were having their market that day - Sunday in Frankfort. I thought I was being a nice neighbor - oh well. We are all neighbors.
nick May 15, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Many people were surprised that the bankruptcy judge let McEnery's 25 year old son buy all of the creamery's, since his father was $150 million in debt.
Don Labriola May 15, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Elsie is now officially a resident of Mokena. Have to say its pretty darn cool to go by there and see Elsie grazing in her new pasture. A nice addition to a great community. Also, it was confirmed today, Elsie really "Loves Mokena"!
em May 29, 2012 at 10:58 AM
Should have been auctioned to pay off his debt...


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