Recently I received an email with photos of old “filling stations.” Since my father owned and operated a service station, garage and wrecker service for over 40 years, this was near and dear to my heart. This brought back many memories. It was a time when you stopped for a fill-up, you also got the gas pumped for you and your windshield cleaned, oil and fluids checked, also a free map if needed. You only paid for the gas. Ah, sweet memories.
Prior to this time period, a filling station was just that. It was usually a gas pump and possibly a tank of bulk oil that had to be pumped into glass bottles in order to add to the engine. These had generally been added to small country store, in front or to the side.
This progressed to a larger or added structure with a garage and service area which also sold tires, oil, fan belts, had a
soda pop refrigerated box, and glass jars filled with “Tom’s” peanuts and “Nabs”. You had a choice of regular or “high test”
gasoline, along with the above listed amenities. The operators and attendants at these establishments often wore uniforms and a military style hat with an oil company logo just above the brim.
The city of Bowling Green left one of these buildings standing in the downtown area. It has been restored and now serves as a public restroom for visitors.
From Bowling Green to Russellville, on the west link of Dixie Highway West was Auburn on US68, the first town in Logan
County with a number of service stations. Some of them are listed below.
Hank’s Garage…Texaco and Wrecker Service on E. Main Operated by Charles V. Hanks Smith’s Standard Oil owned by Elden Smith, formerly Arnold’s Standard on W. Main Woodward Service Station..DX Dowd DX Service Station..Hubert Dowd also operated the American Amoco Station on W.Main Auburn Gulf Station operated by Ray Summers Bailey’s Sonoco on E. Main Gilliam Standard on W.Main operator Joe Gilliam Exxon on E.Main operated by Morris Bond USBank now stands where one of these stations once stood.
There were independent dealers as well, such as HOBO(Hughes and Browning). This building still stands and the sign is still displayed, but the building is rented for storage.
At present, our only “filling station” is the Minute Mart. Instead of a refrigerator box of sodas and snack jars, they have a much larger selection of fountain sodas, coffee, pastries, sandwiches, pizza and many other items for the traveler or local folk. Also sell lotto tickets.
Of course, you pump you own gas, check your own oil, fluid levels and air in you tires. If you need air you must pull away from the pumps and air up your own tires. You must pay for your air too.
If your windshield needs cleaning, you must do that as well, all the time keeping the impatient driver behind you waiting. Road rage being what it is today, you are lucky if all he does is blow the horn. Of course, if you are paying cash, you must go inside. If you pull away to allow Mr. Impatient to move forward, you could cause a panic and be accused of trying to steal the gas. Such is progress.
Springtime is here even though the temperature is not cooperating. When your are out and about, don’t forget to support your local merchants. The Yard Sale shop has expanded to a portion of the former Lion and The Lamb building, with numerous large items on display. Kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanities, rugs and many other larger household supplies and appliances are on display. Stop in and have a look.
The Senior Center had a really good turnout for the monthly dance last Friday night, as well as a good number of dancers in attendance for the Tuesday night line dancing class. Line dancing is a fun way to socialize and get exercise. You don’t need a partner, but can still get down.
Sorry I don’t have a schedule for next week or month, however normal activities will still take place. Drop by the center to see what’s coming up or check “happenings” on the Auburn merchants facebook page or on WRUS.
Don’t forget April Fool’s Day is coming up next week. Enjoy the weekend and have a blessed day.