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Fosselman's Ice Cream icon dies

Bill Fosselman — a former owner and son of the founder of the ice cream dynasty — died Thursday at 92, the Pasadena Star-News reports.

Fosselman co-owned the ice cream company with his brothers Bob and Jim, and operated the South Pasadena store as it became a community destination spot in the 1940s and 50s….

Most people remember Bill Fosselman from the South Pasadena shop, which offered coffee and sandwiches in addition to ice cream.

Bill's nephews John and Chris now co-own the Alhambra-based company. Alhambra Source wrote on the history of the ice cream dynasty from soda jerks to taro-root scoops

Part of the great westward migration, Alhambra's ice cream parlor owners made their way to Southern California at the turn of the 20th century to seek their fortune in the Golden State.

John Fosselman, whose grandfather came from Iowa and went on to open Fosselman’s Ice Cream Company, explained that the ethnic legacy of the migrants probably contributed to their tendency toward the dairy trade.

“One of the reasons as to why there was so much ice cream and dairy in that area is the fact that there was a very big German immigrant community,” he said. “I think it was just that the people brought the trade with them.”

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  1. Thanks for remembering and honoring the memory of our family’s down-the-block South Pasadena neighbor of more than 50 years: Bill Fosselman. Fosselman’s on Mission Street was the place to go and be seen for the after-school junior high in-group and after-game high schoolers when I was attending both schools in the late 1950 and early 1960s. The booths were highly prized and guarded by insiders who landed a spot and saved places for their friends. Most of my visits were in the afternoon at the take out counter for a cherry Coke for me to sip while delivering the Pasadena Star-News in 1959, my first journalism-related job.
    Thanks for the Memories,
    SPHS ’61

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