Friday, August 12, 2016

Elmhurst Dairy In Montreal

Memories & Nostalgia

Sunday Ice Cream: A delivery van pulled by two horses in front Elmhurst Dairy at 7460 Upper Lachine Road in Montreal.
Photo CreditConrad Poirier (1912–1968); taken October 12, 1942
Source: Wikipedia via National Library and Archives of Québec, Vieux-Montréal

This long-time Montreal institution holds a special memory for me. Every Sunday afternoon, we would all hop in my father’s car for a 20-minute ride to Elmhurst Dairy for our ice cream cone. They sold hard ice cream to the public. We did this for years during the 1970s after my father first discovered the place. The site had two iconic cow’s heads out front (Elsie & Elmer) and we would joke that one of them was our mother (she was named Elsie, a popular name for her generation of women.). The cows were a fixture until 1978. Like many things from my past, Montreal’s Elmhurst Dairy is no more. Speaking more to this point, I read recently that Elmhurst Dairy in New York City is planning to close at the end of October 2016, saying it could no longer continue to operate “without ongoing losses.” So, in other words, it wasn’t making a profit; and so the last milk-processing plant in NYC will soon shut its doors.