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Friday, May 19, 2006

Dairy Queen ~ Dan Joseph BHS '56

. . . and it wasn't far from our High School.
My dad built and ran the Dairy Queen at top of New Castle Street hill in the early 50's. I worked there when I was a teenager until I went to the Marines in 1956 just after graduating from Butler High School.
Dan Joseph
E-mail: itsmefolks@centurylink.net

35 comments:

Judy Murphy Harwood said...

Is this the Dairy Queen on Route 6 south of Butler? If so it has many memories both good and bad for me.

Judy Murphy Harwood said...

Correction above should be Route 8.

Anonymous said...

This one is at the top of New Castle Hill right close to BHS entrance.

Anonymous said...

I have not been to Butler in a few months, but I think it's still there...perhaps in need of fresh and colorful paint. (At least it's still there in my mind's eye.)

Anonymous said...

New Castle Street hill would not be Route 8 -- Route 68?

Anonymous said...

yes it's still there...when it opens,it's a harbinger of spring and the end of school

Anonymous said...

Edwards dairy queen is still there, I know the guy that owns it. It still does a booming business.

carakriebel said...

This is the best Dairy Queen that I have ever been to. I used to look forward every spring when it would open for the season. I still compare other places to it!

Anonymous said...

This is actually the dairy queen on New Castle Rd.(Rt. 356) right by the HighSchool entrance

Anonymous said...

I love that Dairy Queen! I always eagerly awaited the reopening in the Spring. To me, that was the first true sign of Spring. I loved to order a small vanilla cone with sprinkles and sit on the tiny hill out back with my friends. We would eat our treats and giggle till our stomachs ached from the joy of laughing.

Anonymous said...

Is it still there?

Anonymous said...

Yep, in the same place and goin' strong. I stopped there not too long ago.

Anonymous said...

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Is that the Marty O'Brian that I knew? Tom Kelly

Anonymous said...

In the beginning,Al Reagle
ran an Amoco station and
grocery, just north of
Dinnerbell Road,in Nixon.

He built the first Dairy Queen in Nixon, which was
across Rt. 8, just north
of the Country Kitchen
Restaurant.

He then started the 2nd
one on 356 near the High
School

Anonymous said...

I worked at the DQ by the high school for years. Mr. Edwards was the best "First" boss a person could have. He kept a very clean restaurant but was kind and caring to the girls who worked there. Such nice memories!

Marty O'Brien said...

To Tom Kelly,
You might be thinking of Martin O'Brien. I am Martha O'Brien, more fondly known as Marty by my friends. I am quite a bit younger than the male Marty but he's much more distinguised than I.

Anonymous said...

I can remember going to the DQ in the fall after football practice (Penn St. Cardinals). You just can't find places like that these days. That was almosst 30 yrs ago for me.

Mrs. Selden said...

My grandparents (Dan and Clara Joseph) owned that DQ before selling it to Jim Edwards. I have fond memories of going in the back door and coming out with Dilly Bars, ice cream cones, etc. Jim is a dear family friend. My dad grew up in the DQ and talks about how he'd fill sundae cups with hot fudge and drink the gooey chocolate!
~Katie Selden
LeClaire, Iowa

Anonymous said...

it's the only dairy queen in butler worth going to.

Anonymous said...

the dairy queen pictured is on rt 8 south of butler about a mile or two from the airport. this is not the one that is next to butler high school. the one by the high school is the best one in butler no question.

Anonymous said...

I CANT WAIT UNTIL FEBRUARY SO I CAN GO AND HAVE A DECENT BLIZZARD AGAIN.

rich said...

only dairy queen in butler to get a decent Blizzard. all the other ones have crappy ice cream or stale toppings.

Anonymous said...

Going to the Dairy Queen was a special treat for us!

I remember one time when our Aunt Mame was visiting and we all went after supper one summer evening.

The new thing was an ice cream cone that you could have dipped in chocolate (or a couple other things - one was red, maybe strawberry). Well, most of us wanted to try that. The person who was fixing them did the first few just fine.

When my turn came, the process was not quick enough and the ice cream ended up in the chocolate. This happened several times - so that when she/he finally got it made, we all cheered! :)

Anonymous said...

we always go there after school in the spring and summer and after football games :)

Anonymous said...

You can tell by building behind it that it is the one on Route South. Acords Dairy Queen
I think the Butler one by the High School isn't as good as the others.

Anonymous said...

Edwards Dairy Queen by the high school is the only one in town worth going to. Brazier store sucks. Acord's is a little weird. North Main Ext. has big portions but crappy generic toppings.

Anonymous said...

jim was a perv, he was always grabbing at the girls.

Anonymous said...

This DQ is the best in Butler; however, they are a little pricer than the others and a little skimpy on the whip cream. The DQ on Route 8 north towards the Pioneer Drive inn has much larger portions and for less $, BUT, the fudge and toppings are definitely not as good!

debbilyn said...

Back in the mid 60s, my family used to go to the Dairy Queen that was on the way to the Roller Skating Rink, is this that DQ and is the roller rink still there?

Anonymous said...

Ah yes, the opening of Dairy Queen meant spring had arrived. Good memories. I see there is a comment that says Mr. Edwards was grabbing the girls. I am a BHS 1976 grad, and it was a well known fact among my friends that he did that. I had a friend who worked there for a short time and quit over it. The days before sexual harrassment laws.

Anonymous said...

I must agree.. that picture is the one from route 8 south. Look at the building behind it. That used to be some sort of place that sold China or something. The one by the high school had a motel behind it.

Dan Joseph, Jr. said...

My dad built and ran the Dairy Queen at top of New Castle Street hill in the early 50's. I worked there when I was a teenager until I went to the Marines in 1956 just after graduating from Butler High School (in town). Dad also had Dan's Diner but tore it down in 1976 to build Joe's Steak House. Later dad sold which was Our home (behind the DQ) to the owners of The Auto Zone Store. Dad sold the DQ to Jim Edwards who still now runs it. Just think back then DQ cones were 10,15 and 25 cents. And banana splits were 49 cents.

I have so many memories of the area when it was the entrance to the Butler Fair Grounds. Awe,those Friday night stock car races were nice and noisy.

Dan Joseph, Jr. my e-mail: itsmefolks@centurylink.net

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know why the DQ on Route 8 (McBride Hill)is closed?

Tony John said...

Correction : My, oh my, how the years affect your memory !
I was mistaken about the DQ near the High School.
The info. about the one on Rt.8 south is correct !
My apologies to Dan Joseph and to all that may have read my
mis-information !

Tony John