History of Gunther's Ice Cream Company
Quality Ice Cream Company was established in April 1940, owned and operated by
Herman ďPopĒ Gunther and his wife, Iva.
The Guntherís worked for a small firm that had opened a chain
of ice cream stores throughout the Bay Area. When the company folded after 20
years, the Guntherís decided to open their own business, but in a warmer
climate. Feeling the idea would work on a one-store basis, the Gunther family
(Pop Gunther, Iva and son Dick) moved to Sacramento and bought a little store on
the corner of 5th Avenue and Franklin Boulevard.
store was 12 feet wide and 40 feet long. Ice Cream was manufactured on the
premise. Business was all carryout, hand-packed pints and quarts. The biggest
volume was in ice cream cones, which sold for five cents each.
World War II changed the lifestyles
of many people, and the Guntherís business was strongly affected. Sugar and
butterfat were rationed and Guntherís was only allowed 80% of the monthly
supplies used previously. Pop decision was to continue producing a quality
product that his customers had come to expect. Because he made less ice cream,
the store remained open on average of only 14 days per month.
After the war the Guntherís decided
to open a larger store. Wanting to stay in the neighborhood where they had been
so successful, they opened a new store in 1949 at itís present location, on the
corner of 3rd Avenue and Franklin Blvd. This was the beginning of an even more
Guntherís operated the ice cream store until 1968. Mr. Gunther passed away in
1963 and their son, Dick Gunther, passed away soon after in 1967. Mrs. Gunther unable to continue
operating the store sold the business to Carl Buchell that year. (Iva Gunther
passed away in 1989.)
The present owner of Guntherís Ice
Cream, Rick Klopp, was employed in 1969 at the age of 22 by Carl Buchell. Rick
became manager of the operation 5 years later, and in 1974, Rick bought the
business from Carl Buchell.
and his wife Marlena continue to manufacture the product on the premise and
maintain the quality based on the original recipes left by the Gunther family.
Although some moderations have been made, the store looks almost the same as it
did when it opened. Rick and Marlena are concerned with the high quality of
their product and they work hard to ensure that quality. Guntherís Ice Cream now
sells ice cream to over 60 locations, in and adjacent to the Sacramento Area.
QUALITY is still the foremost concern.
With the change of times you can still find good old fashion
ice cream at a good old fashion business.