Peninsula Dairy and Peninsula Dairy Store
3500 Jefferson Avenue
Newport News, VA 23607

12/13/05 12/13/05
 
THEN: NOW:
 
Courtesy of Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 09/11/09
WOW! Thanks so much, Bill!
 
   

We were one of the first families to move in (to Marshall Courts), at 866 36th Street, on March 22, 1941....
There were (still are) 10 apartments in each row of most of the 2-story apartments, but we were the
only occupants in the 860s row for a few days. The Peninsula Dairy, located on Jefferson Avenue
between 35th and 36th Street, left complimentary quarts of milk on each of the 10 doorsteps, assuming
that people would be living in all of the units. Since no one else lived there but us, my brother and I
thought that we lived in the entire building, so we went and collected all 10 of the quarts of milk
and brought them to my mother. We were very upset to find out that only 1 quart belonged to us
and that we would have to share the building with 9 other families.

- Bill Campbell ('57) of VA - 12/10/05
WOW!  Thanks, Bill!


Among those treasured photos of Bill Campbell's, I sure hope he finds one or two of the Peninsula Dairy Store
on Jefferson Avenue between 35th and 36th Streets. It sure attracted a crowd from
Marshall Courts
and
Seven Oaks
with their great selection of Ice Cream and Shakes.

- Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 12/11/05
 I hope he does, too, Joe!  That would be sweet! 


Hi, Carol:

After visiting this section of the website, please allow me to provide a bit more accurate detail with regard to the subject:
Peninsula Dairy Store
3500 Jefferson Avenue
Newport News, Virginia
 
I had hoped that someone in the TYPHOON Nation may have furnished an image of this building with the green tile,
and large windows in an art deco style. It was a very impressive building.
 
In my earlier recollections of this "Old Stomping Ground" my description encompassed their horse stables.
The stable was situated north of the dairy store, which took up the entire block of 3500 Jefferson Avenue.
The stable was on the corner of 36th Street and Jefferson Avenue, and extended northwards to the railroad tracks
just south of the 39th Street Bridge.
 
In trying to determine when this company went out of business, there seems to be no information on the world wide web 
or maybe I just do not know how to search, unless it is on Google.
 
This dairy delivered milk to residences by means of horse drawn wagons. The horses knew the route so well,
that the delivery man would leave the wagon with a customers order, place it on the front porch and dash back to the wagon
to get set for the next delivery. The wagon kept moving at the same pace while the delivery man jumped on and off
carrying the individual orders. It was a site to behold for a youngster growing up in Newport News.

- Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 11/13/08
 WOWZERONI! Thanks so much for this follow-up, Joe!


If I may, allow me to challenge Captain Dave (Spriggs - '64 - of VA) to find some data on the Peninsula Dairy and the Peninsula Dairy Store
that operated on Jefferson Avenue between 36th Street and 37th Street in Newport News. It was a large art deco green building,
with horseshoe counters with single stools, where they served ice cream cones and shakes
.
Here is hoping it will jar a few memories
among the TYPHOON Nation of subscribers and result in a page on
Our Old Stomping Grounds.

- Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 08/24/09
Thanks, Joe!


 

Joe Madagan (57, Fla.) strikes again. He earns a banana split for his detailed description of the Peninsula Dairy ice cream parlor. 
My bedroom window on 33rd Street so long ago had a clear view of the dairy, looking past the array of new Oldsmobiles
in the
Suttle Motor Corp. parking area.

Joe may be off by one block in his recollection, but I offer no criticism of my distinguished elder. The horse stables were
set back on 35th Street and Jefferson Avenue. Memory recalls the complex spanning to 36th Street and having a big parking
area on the 36th Street side for the Dairy Wagons --and later its trucks.

A check of the Newport News street map from August 1944 (see attached with 34th Street and Jefferson Avenue intersection at the center) verifies that the C&O Railroad occupied what would be 37th and 38th Streets, and which marked the city boundary with Warwick County.  Of course, the north side of 36th Street is shown as city property and became Seven Oaks wartime housing at the Madison Avenue intersection. Marshall Courts was a block further south at 35th and Marshall Avenue where 34th Street merged into Shell Road.

Thanks for the memory jogger, Joe. Did you ever hear that area was called "Orrsville?"

 
 

- Norm Covert (61) of MD - 08/30/09
WOWZERS! Thanks, Norm!


I remember the Peninsula Dairy very well. It was on the corner of 35th Street and Jefferson Avenue. My granny lived at 629 35th Street which was three houses from the dairy. My sisters and I would walk up to the dairy to buy ice cream cones. I'll always remember how good the strawberry ice cream was. There were stools at the counter and I believe they were light green. Those were the days!

- Carol Collier Sparrow ('63) of VA - 09/02/09

Well, I remember your granny quite well, Carol!  Still no luck jogging my memory of this obviously wonderful establishment.
I suppose we must have been more of a High's Ice Cream /Dairy Queen kind of family.


Before writing my recent message regarding the Peninsula Dairy Store I could have saved myself some embarrassment about missing the location of this Old Stomping Ground by simply reading my earlier message on this topic which is posted on your website showing the address as: 3500 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA.

I suppose this dairy business was acquired by a competitor and lost its identity, or it may have just closed it doors and entered the dust bin of history on the Peninsula. They managed the transition from horse-drawn delivery wagons to trucks before ceasing operations. The horse-drawn home delivery wagons gave many a thrill to me in my youth, for they were well cared for and well trained.

- Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 09/02/09
Thanks, Joe! That might have been easier for you had I remembered that such a page already existed - and found it!


I was reading Carol Collier Sparrow's ('63 - of VA) notes about The Peninsula Dairy. I remember it's being a block down from Suttle Motor Company on the opposite side of the street of Jefferson, and to the best of my knowledge it had a lot of the thick glass squares as part of the building. I might have a picture here somewhere if I can find it and send it to you. I know the milk shakes were great along with the ice cream cones. I lived on 25th off Jefferson Avenue for awhile.

- Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 09/04/09
Thanks, Glenn!
That would be fabulous!


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