A true ‘One-In-A-Million’ story helps change the food industry

If it hadn’t been for the One-In-A-Million malt and milkshake, the Golden Arches wouldn’t exist.

Our story begins with two Illinois natives, Walter Fredenhagen and Earl Prince. Chums since their boyhood in Downers Grove, Ill. Fredenhagen operated a wholesale ice cream business called Frozen Gold. Prince, a part-time inventor, owned an ice cream plant in Rushville. During one of their frequent brainstorming sessions they hit upon the idea of selling ice cream directly to the consumer. And so they launched the Prince Castle chain of ice cream stores in northern Illinois.

Perhaps the most novel aspect of their venture was their decision that each Prince Castle must be a drive-in. Thus, each store featured a large parking lot to entice motorists. The new chain would earn the title of “Grand-Daddy of Drive- Ins.”

Fredenhagen and Prince formed a partnership. However, Fredenhagen owned his Prince Castle stores and Prince did likewise. Otherwise, everything was the same from the building (each resembled a miniature castle) down to the straws. The first Prince Castle opened in Naperville on April 24, 1931. It was an instant success. More stores followed. &nbsp;&nbsp;<ahref="http://etypeservices.com/Cass%20County%20Star%20GazetteID497/"><spanstyl... 13px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">To view more, please log in or subscribe to the digital edition.</span></a></p>