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The cow atop Moler’s Dairy on Smithville
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143 posts
Jun 20, 2014
7:37 AM
I did a site search on Moler’s Dairy. I was inquiring about the statue of a cow they had on the roof. I seem to remember, it was stolen? It might have been mentioned in one of the numerous posts, but I was a little too lazy unfortunately to read them all. Does anyone remember an incident like that?
luv my dayton
629 posts
Jun 22, 2014
7:04 AM
Don't remember ever hearing Elsie was stolen and getting much information is slim. Believe Elsie was just an advertisement that took off and children just kept her alive. She was became a real cow in 1939 and traveled the country and represented Bordons for decades. There's a cute website called Roadside America.com and there's a short history of how it all began.

Last Edited by luv my dayton on Jun 22, 2014 7:21 AM
147 posts
Jun 22, 2014
7:36 AM
TNX LMD. I wonder whatever happened to the statue and when did they close………...
luv my dayton
630 posts
Jun 22, 2014
8:22 AM
That place was my second home and the beginnings of my weight gain. When pregnant my Dr wasn't happy with my weight and after leaving his office I would head to molers and have a banana split. For some reason I'm thinking Elsie is still around in safe keeping. Someone out there must know the complete story and thought on this website someone did give info. Come on olds88 your help is needed.
263 posts
Jun 22, 2014
12:21 PM
Sorry no help LMD.Mystery of missing cow marches on another day.My self and Noel and I believe your 'x'sold xmas trees there one year.We did the work while his dad was up the road at Blairs tavern.We spent more on ice cream than we made.
626 posts
Jun 22, 2014
5:35 PM
I may be all wet here, but I am going to say that Elsie belonged to Borden's, Not Molers. I remember seeing ol' Elsie grinning down at me from atop the old Borden's dairy Plant at east 5th street and Patterson Boulevard. Most of the time I was across the street stuffing a Butterburger in my face at the White Tower..LOL.

Last Edited by RIVERDALE RAT on Jun 22, 2014 5:36 PM
629 posts
Jun 22, 2014
6:05 PM
Actually I am not remembering that Moler ever had a cow, but if they did maybe her name was Daisy? Just guessing on that one
126 posts
Jun 23, 2014
5:28 AM
I remember hearing about this back in the 1970s when I was in high school in Trotwood, some high school seniors stole the cow and moved it to the middle of Smithville Road as a senior prank. I'm not sure but I think it might have been students from Kettering Fairmont.
38 posts
Jun 23, 2014
9:44 AM
Moler's did have a cow. When the dairy closed around 1981, the cow was sold to Reiter's Dairy of Barberton OH for $1,000. Reiter placed it in front of and later on top of their dairy there.

Reiter was later purchased by Dean Foods. In 2009, Roadside America reported the cow was gone. I believe Dean Foods was going to move it to a new facility there in Barberton. Don't know if that ever happened.

40 posts
Jun 23, 2014
6:10 PM
Some years ago the Reiter Dairy in Springfield had a large cow. They pulled it around on a trailer and used it at different events here in Springfield for advertising. I will see if I can talk to someone at the dairy and find out if it is still here.
39 posts
Jun 24, 2014
5:01 AM
The information I posted came from a website called ohio.com. and was from an article in the Akron Beacon-Journal. I was going to post a link but I ended my post without including it. I'm at work right now but I'll try to find the article and post the link later.

If you google Reiter's Dairy, there are photos of the trailer with two cows, a big one and a little one. I think those are different cows from the one they bought from Moler's.

14 posts
Oct 18, 2014
6:43 PM
Moler's Dairy did have a huge cow sitting on a trailer out front. Her name was Sweet Rosie O'Grade A.
235 posts
Oct 18, 2014
8:32 PM
My memory must be faulty; I was sure the cow was on the roof. I remember it clear as day. Maybe Curt can help…..
19 posts
Oct 19, 2014
5:58 AM
Folks, I may be mistaken but as I remember the cow, she was near the sidewalk, across the parking lot from the building. we traveled Patterson Rd a lot back in the day and our oldest daughter, now 45, always had to look south on Smithville to see "my frien da cow" when she was around 3. She had to be at ground level if she was moved into the middle of the street, I along with who knows how many others dreamed of stealing her as a senior prank but didn't have the guts to say so and start something. I wanted to put her in the middle of Belmont's football field, too much undertaking and too many cops to go the distance.
237 posts
Oct 19, 2014
5:25 PM
TNX for the clarification…...
8 posts
Oct 20, 2014
7:04 AM
I remember a cow on the roof, too.
joey m
258 posts
Oct 20, 2014
9:53 AM
plr2 My recolection is the same as yours. On the side.
Steve K
243 posts
Oct 21, 2014
1:56 PM
I remember it being out front, near the sidewalk.
23 posts
Oct 26, 2014
5:52 PM
I grew up in Belmont until we moved to Beavercreek in 1959. We were at Moler's almost every week. I remember the Donuts that had chocolate, vanilla and strawberry icing. You could smell them in the fryer when you walked in the place. Of course the ice cream and shakes were to die for, and I remember the Jukebox that sat in the middle of the store facing Patterson road. I remember the cow sitting by the sidewalk for years. After a while some of the older high school guys would spray it with paint or something, and they had it cleaned and I believe that's when it was moved to the overhang above the entrance. If I'm not mistaken there was a bad storm one weekend and the cow was actually blown a few feet from where it stood, and the fire marshall made them move it back on the ground. ALl I know is I miss that place and the smells and the music and most of all the ice cream !
226 posts
Oct 27, 2014
1:45 AM
Great post, trolleyfan. Your recollection of the movement of the cow means everybody's memory was correct at one time or another.

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