When I posted the Corner Drug Store photo at Facebook, writer David Edgerly Gates asked about Binder’s Ice Cream.
I grew up hearing about Binder’s as part of local history, but knew next-to-nothing about it. A little Google-work led to an interesting piece of Dakota lore, found at www.cityofyankton.org and dropped in below:
“When Lt. Col. George Custer broke camp in Yankton in 1873, he left behind more then a smoldering campfire. According to Sister Cynthia Binder, Custer left without his horse hand, Peter Binder, Cynthia’s great-great-grandfather. “On the night before they left, my grandfather got drunk and overslept, and when he woke up, Custer was gone,” Cynthia laughed. Peter stayed in Yankton, and with his sons, started the Binder Brother’s ice cream and soft drink factory. Sister Cynthia is a member of the Sacred Heart Monastery, a communion of Catholic sisters who have lived on a hilltop overlooking the Missouri since 1880.”