Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Frances Josse, 92; Operated Ice Cream Parlor

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Frances Josse, 92; Operated Ice Cream Parlor

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Frances Josse, a woman who cooked up 14 flavors of homemade ice cream for thousands of St. Louisans, died Tuesday (May 9, 1995) of infirmities at Delmar Gardens West in Chesterfield. She was 92 and a lifelong St. Louisan.

From 1946 through 1959, Mrs. Josse invented the recipes, cooked the chocolate and butterscotch syrups, sliced the fresh strawberries and grated the pineapple that went into the flavors that made the Josse Ice Creamery the Ted Drewes of its time.

In the days before food processors and blenders, that was hard work.

The parlor was situated first at Morganford Road and Ellenwood Avenue, and later at Missouri Highway 21 and Lindbergh Boulevard.

People reared in south St. Louis County still dream of the parlor's "Flying Dutchman."

People who dared the Dutchman got eight scoops of ice cream - the flavors of their choice, plus marshmallow, whipped cream, nuts and a cherry - all for a quarter.

Mrs. Josse and her husband, Jess Josse, owned and operated the shop. …

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