Gas City cow on the mooove
By Mike Nolan firstname.lastname@example.org May 1, 2012 2:02PM
Updated: June 3, 2012 8:15AM
Elsie, a fixture in Frankfort since the late 1970s, is getting a new home.
The big plastic cow outside of Gas City’s headquarters on LaGrange Road was relocated, with the help of a flatbed truck, on Monday to a temporary site.
The cow originally was perched on the roof of the first Gas City station on Chicago’s Southwest Side and was moved to the company’s offices in Frankfort in the late 1970s, according to Billy McEnery, son of Gas City founder William J. McEnery.
Gas City’s bankruptcy case concluded Monday, and Elsie was “personal property,” the younger McEnery said. The cow was moved, at least for now, to the elder McEnery’s home in Homer Glen but could get a permanent spot outside one of The Creamery ice cream shops, Billy McEnery, owner of The Creamery, said Tuesday.
He said the original plan was to put the cow outside the Frankfort Creamery, but “the village felt that site was too small.” McEnery said he will talk with officials in Homer Glen and Mokena about making Elsie a fixture outside The Creamery in one of those towns.
Gas City stations in the Southland were sold a year ago to other gas station operators, including Speedway, the owner of Circle K stores and 7-Eleven.
McEnery Enterprises has vacated the Frankfort building and now has an office in Tinley Park, McEnery said.