June's Ice Cream
blank History of the Company

June's Creamery began operations in the year 1896 under the direction of its founder, Harvey June. What originally started as a cheese factory, later developed into a milk processing plant at the turn of the century.

During the year 1910, the second generation of the June family became associated with June's Creamery, as Harvey's sons Raymond and Glenn assisted in the operation. It was at this time that the production of ice cream began.

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June's Creamery
circa 1915

Harvey June died in 1935, and was succeeded in the ownership of the business by his children, Glenn, Raymond, and Onolee June Prior. By 1936 business was prosperous and twelve retail stores were in operation in Hornell, Canisteo, Nunda, Mt. Morris, Warsaw, Dansville, Bath, Perry, Corning, and Elmira. It was during this period that the Hornell store, which was located downtown just across the park from the high school, was the local hangout for the town's teenagers. It was much like every ice cream parlor portrayed in every movie you have ever seen. Remember "Arnold's" from "Happy Days"? These were the best of times for June's Ice Cream.

However, the business fell on hard times with the onset of World War II resulting in the closure of all the retail stores and the eventual sale of the milk processing plant in the year 1941.

Ice cream was now the only product manufactured.

During the year 1945, John June became the third generation family member to participate in the operation of the business.

In 1962 the production of ice cream was permanently discontinued due to poor economic conditions, obsolete equipment, and competition.

Ice cream was then purchased for resale from rival businessess (Dunkirk Ice Cream Co. and Perry Ice Cream Co.). The processing plant was eventually sold in 1970. Thus officially ending the operation of June's Creamery.

John June continues to wholesale ice cream to long-time customers in the Hornell area.

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