Fresh Fruit Ice Cream Company
504 Warwick Road (now Boulevard)
Hilton Village, Newport News, VA



  Bank of America

..... I graduated from HHS in '64 and my wife graduated from Warwick HS in '66, so we share a lot of the same memories of Hampton and Newport News. What a time to be a teenager. Good ole WGH, The Top 30, Shock Theater, The Tunnel Of Love, The Drive Ins and of course Shoney's, Hygeia Skating Rink, The fantastic city pool at 28th and Wickham, Monty's Penguin, The Rebel at the corner of Mercury and Pembroke, George's Record Shop in Phoebus, The Palace and Paramount Theaters, the Ice Cream shop in Hilton that has Orange Ice ice cream ( can't remember the name of the place but was owned by the Urutia family), the construction of the original Interstate 64 and the HRBT, and the list goes on and on.
- F.A. Saunders (HHS - '64) of VA - 07/23/07
Thanks, F.A.!


A couple of days ago, one of your contributors mentioned an ice cream store in Hilton, run by the Urrutia family. Here's some information, thanks to my limited memory and - more importantly - to details gleaned from a copy of the proper page of the Warwick City Directory of 1954 (which Dave Spriggs ('64 - of VA) kindly provided to me some months ago).

Actually, that store - FRESH FRUIT ICE CREAM COMPANY - was once owned and operated by the in-laws of Huyke Urrutia. He married Peggy Barber, whose sister - Pat - was a high school classmate of mine and my wife (WHS - Class of 1954).

The business was located at 504 Warwick Road, just north of where Brandon Road intersects what is now Warwick Boulevard. The telephone number - then - was 8-0262. In 1954, Huyke and Peggy lived upstairs, over the store, and she probably worked in the store during the day, and he may well have worked there in the evenings and on weekends.

Huyke was a NNHS grad, and also an apprentice school graduate (class of 1944). His father was as Spanish teacher at NNHS (in the 30s) - Dave has some info about him (of course!). Huyke's older brother, Wilson, also was a NNHS/Apprentice School graduate. Wilson completed his apprenticeship in 1940.

I once worked with Wilson in the shipyard, and slightly knew Huyke through the NNS Credit Union, where he was a Director for many years. Wilson is deceased, but Huyke may still around - at least he's listed in the current Peninsula telephone directory.

- Bill Lee (WHS - '54) of NC - 07/26/07
WOWZERS! Thanks, Bill!


Thanks to Bill Lee (WHS - '54 - of NC) who identified the ice cream shop in Hilton and gave the history. I can remember going in there
and the white fans over head spinning and moving around the luscious smell of fresh cream and fruit. I always ordered the orange ice flavor......yummy!!!!! Couldn't find that flavor any where else that I knew of. Bank of America is on the site where it used to be.

-  F.A. Saunders (HHS - '64) of VA - 08/01/07
Thanks, F.A.!

Ice Cream

(Sarah McLachlan)

Your love is better than ice cream
Better than anything else that I've tried
And your love is better than ice cream
Everyone here knows how to fight

And it's a long way down
It's a long way down
It's a long way down to the place
Where we started from

Your love is better than chocolate
Better than anything else that I've tried
Oh, love is better than chocolate
Everyone here knows how to cry

It's a long way down
It's a long way down
It's a long way down to the place
Where we started from...

(This page was created on 08/01/07, after Bill Lee (WHS - '54 - of NC) supplied the necessary background information.)

"Ice Cream" midi courtesy of - 11/19/04

"Ice Cream" lyrics courtesy of - 11/19/04

Ice Cream Cone clip art courtesy of - 09/30/04

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