The heat outside ranks high on the unbearable scale. But, inside Keller Pharmacy, sitting on a stool at the counter of its soda fountain, sipping the sweetness of a frozen ice cream soda makes any summer day enjoyable. For as long as anyone can remember, it seems as though Ponca has always been home to an old-fashioned soda fountain, dating back to Nebraska’s earliest days as a state.
Virginia “Ginny” Keller fondly recalls when Bessie Townsend, for whom she worked as a teenager, made chocolate ice cream by hand. Townsend was among the first women to become a registered pharmacist in Nebraska, graduating from the University of Nebraska in 1916.
By Tim Trudell
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