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In 1999, to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the town's founding, Wanda Potts, Indiana Room Librarian (1966-2002) at Mooresville Public Library, edited and wrote newspaper columns entitled "Mooresville Moments," in which she recounted the local history of Mooresville, Indiana and the surrounding area in Morgan County, Indiana.
â¢V" Â»Â» Mooresville Moments - In honor ofMooresville's I75th Anniversary and the 200th anniversaryâ¨of ihe birth of Mooresville i founder. Samuel Moore, the Mooresville Timesâ¨is publishing regular articles about the history of Mooresville and Moore. Franklin Ice Cream Store Such fond memories of theâ¨Mooresville that once was and willâ¨never be again. Less than 2000 people lived inâ¨the town before World War II. Theâ¨business section largely occupied aâ¨block north, one block south, half aâ¨block east and half a block west fromâ¨the center of town, and wÂ»s limitedâ¨mostly to grocery stores, barberâ¨shops, restaurants, hardware stores,â¨cleaning shops, doctor and dentistâ¨offices and drug stores, and graduÂ¬â¨ally appliance stores. The Franklin Ice Cream Store loÂ¬â¨cated on the west side of the firstâ¨block of South Indiana Street never given to insistent customers. Originally only women wereâ¨employed, but a rumor from townâ¨hall that a hold-up was beingâ¨planned caused management to hireâ¨young men too. The robbery never happened. Lots of practice was required toâ¨hand dip, lift and scrape the iceâ¨cream into the special cone. Employees were allowed to eatâ¨as much ice cream as they wantedâ¨and their appetite was soon diminÂ¬â¨ished. Wagers were low but theâ¨workers were friendly, congenial and dependable. Miss Ruth Hubbard, now Mrs. brought to town a unique departureâ¨from the drug store round scoop ofâ¨ice cream. Beside the regular vanilla,â¨strawberry and chocolate flavors, theâ¨store offered orange pineapple, honÂ¬â¨eymoon, grape pineapple, lemon,â¨butterscotch, cherry crime, butterâ¨pecan, banana mint, coconut, caraÂ¬â¨mel and fudge ripple, all dished outâ¨with a long narrow scoop resemÂ¬â¨bling a garden trowel. Richard Shrake, was manager untilâ¨1941 and some local people, glad toâ¨have a job, were Kelsey McDaniel,â¨Evelyn Kirkman, Georgetta Young,â¨Ed Warmoth, Laura O'Donnell, Rachel Bailey and Fly Billeter. Cones were 5-cents. Three dipsâ¨of any flavor ice cream were 5-cents.â¨Six dips were 10-cents, and six difÂ¬â¨ferent flavors made a tantalizing dish. Opening about 1934 or 1935 Ruth and Richard Shrake live inâ¨Bloomington and both feel that inâ¨all the 58 years they have been away,â¨they have never been, nor forgotten,â¨any finer people than their friendsâ¨and neighbors in their home town. when times were bad, the store did good business and later sandwichesâ¨and soups, pies and sundaes wereâ¨added during the winter. The chiliâ¨recipe was a well kept secret and The historical articles for Mooresville Moments are taken or copiedâ¨from various materials located in the Indiana/Local History Room of theâ¨Mooresville Public Library and include newspaper clippings and notes fromâ¨books edited by Becky Hardin. Clara Richardson and Almira Hadley. MaÂ¬â¨terial is managed by Wanda Potts.
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