This is one of the questions often asked of the Society. The answer is yes, we do know of at least three Sears Catalog houses. They are all on the same street, and one of them has been on our home tour twice. Some of you might question, what is a Sears Catalog house? Just a brief bit of history is needed.
Have you ever heard of Dolly Madison Ice Cream? I came across this advertisement from a 1952 newspaper recently, but had never heard of the brand. After a quick Google search, it seems that they are now owned by Hostess Brands, LLC; however, in the mid-1900s they were famous for their ice cream.
I also thought, what does Dolly Madison have to do with ice cream? The story of the First Lady's love of ice cream is an interesting story in itself, as she actually helped to popularize the treat in this country. Sallie Shadd, the wife of a Delaware butcher, started a catering business in the earliest part of the 19th century. Among her many popular dishes was a dessert made from frozen cream, sugar and fruit. It didn’t take long for word to spread about this treat, and Dolly Madison, the wife of future U.S. President James Madison, paid a visit to Sallie’s Wilmington home to try her early ice cream recipe. Dolly liked it so much that that she served ice cream at her husband’s presidential inauguration and served the dessert to guests throughout her stay in the White House.
Since life is great in 21228, of course Catonsville had "America's Finest Ice Cream" in the Paradise neighborhood. So do any readers have memories of getting after school treats at John Howell's Dolly Madison Ice Cream Store? Or even have photos of the establishment?
Jason Russo is a CHS board member with an interest in local history.
Welcome to the Catonsville Historical Society's first blog! Posts will be made by various Society members as topics arise or are suggested.
My name is Jason and I am relatively new to Catonsville. I became involved with the CHS after showcasing my home for the 2015 Historic House Tour. This is my effort to learn more about my new hometown. Other authors will also be making posts that have lived here much longer, or even their entire lives.
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