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Louis "Louie the Greek" Poulos
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Birth: Feb. 20, 1898
Argos
Regional unit of Argolis
Peloponnese, Greece
Death: Jun. 28, 1987
Rushville
Rush County
Indiana, USA

Rushville Republican
June 29, 1987

Louis "Louie the Greek" Poulos, 89, well-known candy-maker dies

Rush County lost an institution over the weekend, with the death of well-known candy-maker Louis Poulos, known locally as Louie the Greek.

Poulos died at 6:50 a.m. Sunday, June 28, 1987, at his home at R. 5 Rushville.

Born in the Green state of Argos on February 20, 1898, to Mr. and Mrs. Demetrius Antonopoulos, Louis first came to Rushville in 1914, when he took a job working in a candy store for George and Mike Katasaros.

On September 12, 1928 he married the former Lillian "Sammy" McHenry, who survives, and in 1934 he opened his own candy store, known as The Huddle.

He operated his store in various locations in downtown Rushville for many years, retiring in 1986 after over 70 years in the candy and ice cream business in Rushville.

He was well known throughout the state for his peanut brittle, ice cream and candy, and throughout Rush County as a friendly, kind and gentle person.

Later in his career, Louis made the rounds of fairs and flea markets to make candy the old-fashioned way so that people could see how the craft used to be performed, and taste the difference.

Louis was a member of the Greek Orthodox Church.

In addition to his wife, Louis is survived by a son, Jan Poulos, Upland, California; a daughter, Mrs. Tom (Ann) Ryan, Lafayette; seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and several relatives in Greece, including a brother and a sister.

He was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.

Funeral services are set for 10 a.m. Wednesday at Most and Cox Mortuary, Pastor Merrill McBride officiating. Burial will be at East Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the mortuary.

(Obituary provided by Karen Skiles and forwarded by her daugher Shannon Skiles Waggoner).
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Stories remembering...

June 1, 2011
My mom, Marilyn, began her 'waitressing' career with Louis at the age of 12. He took her under his wing and taught her how to service customers from the youngest of age to the oldest. Our family was just talking about this 2 weeks ago!

Darlene (Supinger) Sullivan
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June 1, 2011
Thanks for the memories. I went there often, he made the best ice cream products ever. He will be sadly missed.

Marlene (Brett) McGowan
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June 1, 2011
Slop Sundae Baby! I delivered his paper for two years. He never paid for it but I got free slop sundae's!

Jim Todd
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June 1, 2011
Mom worked for Louie when she was in high school. She was around 16 probably around 1944 maybe, in fact I think this is where she meet dad, he would come and hang out there.

I also remember when I was in grade school and Louie had moved to a little place in the alley behind his original store, dad would take me there for ice cream on our Friday night "dates".

Polly (Owens) Raike :)
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June 1, 2011
His orange pineapple ice cream was to die for! Haven't had any that scrumptious since!

Carolyn (Moore) Miccichi
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June 1, 2011
My siblings and I would walk by Louie's on our way home from church. We typically didn't have any money, but we would always stop in to see his treats. He always gave us some ice water and sometimes a treat for our "journey" home. He was such a great man.

Shannon (Skiles) Waggoner
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June 1, 2011
I ran the Star newspaper office right across the alley from Louis' shop for a few years, and I'd often go over and help him make peanut brittle. Actually, what would happen was, Louis would come over and say (if you can remember Louis' accent) "Walker, come and help me with peanut brittle". His ice cream was delicious, so was the fresh peanut brittle, and he was a great man, loved by everyone who knew him.

Bob Walker
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June 1, 2011
Marcia and I moved to Rushville in the summer of 1963, so I remember Louis' when his shop was on Main Street. One of his concoctions I remember was a "slop sundae." Scoops of ice cream in a glass with layers of chocolate syrup and peanuts. Yumm.

Les Blair
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June 1, 2011
What immediately comes to mind when I think of Loui's Place was that my Mom, Mary Louise Hinchman Kimmell, now 93 and living at Miller's Merry Manor, once told me that she had her first Coca Cola there. Said it tasted like medicine.

In my day it was seen as place where the greasers hung out for some reason. But the ice cream there was the best.

Rob Kimmell
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June 1, 2011
He originally was on main street... and besides ice cream he made awesome candy.... at christmas time he would make candy canes the size of a real cane, as well as the normal size ... he gave me one one year for christmas. He was orginally from greece. His shop was between second and third on the alley. he was also know for his grilled peanut butter sandwiches. He use to furnish the Lions club with ice cream to sell at the fair as a fund raiser. He had lots of hand dip chocolates and also terrific peanut brittle. The shop on main street had a glass front a juke box and was a popular hang out at one time. It was a regular soda fountain.

Alice (Mahaffey) Boling

 
 
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  Lillian McHenry Poulos (1910 - 1992)
 
Burial:
East Hill Cemetery
Rushville
Rush County
Indiana, USA
 
Created by: Greg Raike
Record added: Jun 01, 2011
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Louis Louie the Greek Poulos
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Louis Louie the Greek Poulos
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