|The Jersey Ice Cream Factory on the corner of Liberty and Yates Street. Courtesy of the Grems-Doolittle Library and Archives.|
|The former ice cream factory is looking good! It currently houses an antique store called The Katbird Shop. Courtesy of Google Maps.|
The Jersey Ice Cream Company was formed in February of 1912, the successor of the old Staples Ice Cream Company that had been in operation for many years. In May of 1912, an article in the Schenectady Gazette extolled the modern “cream making appliances” and the sanitary conditions of the plant due to daily scrubbing. The facility had cold rooms that were kept at a constant temperature winter and summer to keep the ice cream frozen. The silver lined freezers were surrounded by freezing liquids kept cold by blocks of ice harvested from the pond in what is now Steinmetz Park on Lenox Road. Until it burned down in 1929, a large ice storehouse next to the pond was owned by the company to stock ice for its plant.
|The Jersey Ice Cream Factory's icehouse is seen in the background. Courtesy of the Grems-Doolittle Library and Archives.|
|An advertisement showing the various flavors of Jersey's Brick Ice Cream. Courtesy of fultonhistory.com.|
The company flourished under the leadership of F.T. Killeen, president and Lawrence M. McGinley, treasurer and general manager. The company was very active in the community sponsoring baseball and bowling teams over the years and even had a checkers team that won the eastern regional championships. They also donated ice cream for many civic events in Schenectady. By August of 1929 the company had outgrown the Liberty and Yates Street plant and had purchased property on Brandywine Avenue for a new facility that would cost in the neighborhood of $200,000. The Schenectady Gazette reported that McGinley said the new plant “will be modern and sanitary in every respect and probably will take first rank among plants of its kind in the state. One of the features will be the predominance of electric refrigeration in the new plant. Mr. McGinley said that the growth of the business of the Jersey Company made it absolutely necessary to abandon the present quarters.”
|Do you scream for ice cream? There's nothing that says Halloween more than a potato shaped ice cream mould. Courtesy of fultonhistory.com.|