Story of Huntington's ice cream plant to be told Monday, March 16

The first Cloverleaf Creamery truck to deliver ice cream to stores is shown on a Huntington street about 1921. Cloverleaf Creamery, now known as Good Humor-Breyers, will be the topic of a Huntington County Historical Society program on Monday, March 16.
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The story of Huntington's (IN) ice cream plant will be told during a program on Monday, March 16, at the Huntington County Historical Museum, 315 Court St., Huntington.

"Out in the Cold: Cloverleaf-Sealtest Ice Cream Company" will be presented at 7 p.m.

Bill Abbott, who worked at Sealtest for seven years, will share some of his memories of the company. A representative of Good Humor-Breyers Ice Cream will also speak.

The meeting is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served after the program.

Huntington is believed to be the first city west of the Alleghenies to manufacture ice cream commercially and supplied its product to the Chicago World Fair in 1893.

The enterprise was founded in 1876 as the Collins Ice Cream company by E.A. Collins. The Collins plant shipped ice cream from Huntington to larger cities in Indiana. In 1887, a branch was established in Chicago.

W.A. Klepper and E.L. Martin formed a partnership in 1916 which became Cloverleaf Creameries Inc., one of the largest manufacturers of creamery butter in the Midwest.

Ownership of the company has changed hands several times over the years, including a lengthy period when the plant went by the Sealtest name. It is currently operated by Good Humor-Breyers.