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Simon Anderson, the eldest son of Swedish immigrants who had come to St. Charles in the 1870s, established this business in 1901. Following his father's death, the Andersons moved into town from their small farm, which was on what is now known as Country Club Road. From their new home on Second and Indiana Avenues, Simon and his mother, Anna, began to run a milk route. Over the years, delivery expanded. It became necessary to purchase a building to house the operation. Soon, the business also expanded its product offerings and began to sell ice cream--in the early days, four scoops cost five cents. The ice that was necessary to keep the dairy products cold and to make the ice cream was cut from the bay by Boy Scout Island.
business has continued to thrive over the years. During
its history, Colonial supplied milk and ice cream to
drug stores, restaurants, and grocery stores.
Soon the family company decided to open its own stores. In the 1930s, retail
shops offering Colonial products opened. Following Simon's death in 1939, his
sons, Paul, Warren, and Joe continued the business. Joe became known in St.
Charles as “The Ice Cream Man". The dairy portion of the company was sold
in 1945, but Colonial maintained its ice cream business. In 1957, the Andersons
added a restaurant to their business. Snappy Shack, located at 1108 W. Main Street,
became Colonial's first hamburger shop. It offered hamburgers for fifteen cents.
The restaurant portion of the business expanded and has grown to seven restaurants,
which are located throughout the Fox Valley. Colonial still remains an Anderson
family business. Tom Anderson, Joe's son, is president, and Tom’s son,
Clinton, is operations manager of the company today.
original Colonial building at 120 N. Third Street burned
in 1963. The Neoclassical Revival building that stands
at the present address survived the fire.
photographs, see these sources,
more fully described in the Bibliography.
Local History, Binder A-L
St. Charles Illinois p 26, 27
- Anderson, Thomas S. The
Inside Scoop: Colonial Ice Cream: a Look at the First
Years. Aurora: Beta Graphics, 2002.
Survey, St. Charles Central District, St. Charles:
St. Charles Historic Presrvation Commission, 1995.
Tour of St. Charles, IL 1988-1990.
Ann W. "Three Generations of Ice Cream Gurus Prosper."
Kane County Chronicle 27 March 1992, History Edition:
Pam. "Old St. Charles." Illinois Magazine March/April
Michael. "Remembering the 'Ice Cream Man.'" St. Charles
Republican 19 Feb. 1998, 3+.
Jan. "Colonial's been Scooping Fun for 80 years." Aurora
Beacon 19 Apr. 1981.
Ruth Ann. Reflections of St. Charles. Elgin: Brethern