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Picturing the past

Posted Monday, March 23, 2009, at 1:16 PM

Overcast Texaco served drivers through the mid-1970s. (T-G file photo)
I was contacted last week by someone looking for a photo of the Rebel Maid, the drive-in restaurant that those who were young in the 1950s and 1960s say was one of Shelbyville's major teen hangouts.

So I spent part of my lunch hour Monday searching the T-G's photo negative files.

The Rebel Maid is still in hiding, but I'm still looking -- and found a few other photos of old local businesses you might remember. I'll run them in my blog over the next few weeks.

This time I'll indulge myself and post a photo of my grandfather's gas station.

The negative file is labeled December 1963. This was apparently when my grandparents, Morton and Lilly Overcast, were completing their new Texaco station at the intersection of Lane Parkway and Cannon Boulevard, as that area was being redeveloped during Shelbyville's gigantic urban renewal project. They'd been on North Main Street.

Note one major aspect missing: No gas pumps, even though a Texaco tanker's parked in front of the building. They must have been open for business, though, since a truck's on the grease rack and you can see someone behind the counter on the right side of the building. Can't tell if it's my grandfather or not.

I well remember the Chevrolet truck at far left -- my grandfather's old tan service truck, which he was still driving well into the 1970s.

He built a new garage and got out of the gas business in the mid-1970s, when he saw the trend coming toward convenience stores and away from service stations.

This building was eventually remodeled into a convenience store, and was later torn down for another store -- which was demolished last year and replaced by the latest of a series of Quik Mart convenience stores.

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Thanks David . . I kind of got excited and called to see how much they were but the lady that answered the phone said they didnt have any left. :-(

-- Posted by jaxspike on Wed, Mar 25, 2009, at 12:08 PM

This picture is really fun. I actually spent a good part of yesterday at the library in Lynchburg looking at their newspaper archives (starting in 1974) for my paper. It was really fun seeing all the old movie and clothing ads and to see how so many things have changed.

-- Posted by cfrich on Wed, Mar 25, 2009, at 11:45 AM

Yeah, I liked this blog too.

When I was a kid, my parents had a "book" put out by this newspaper I believe, of times past and a BIG flood. I looked at that book till it tore up. It was a big book out of newsprint. The "old" size, which was bigger. Soft-bound.

jaxspike, you may find them in the History Room of the local library. Free looking, anyway.

-- Posted by mmp84 on Wed, Mar 25, 2009, at 8:01 AM

jaxspike, we actually have a Bedford County Bicentennial history book on sale in our front office. It's full of photos from the past and is a good read.

-- Posted by David Melson on Tue, Mar 24, 2009, at 2:56 PM

I love these kind of blogs too . . . I love history and old buildings.

I wish I coould find a pictorial history book of Shelbyville or Bedford County.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Tue, Mar 24, 2009, at 9:35 AM


Thanks for the picture of the service station of Dad's. It brings back alot of memories. Your blogs are always interesting but I especially like them when you bring back pictures and articles of the past. Keep up the good work. It is very appreciated, and I will look forward to seeing more of the same.


-- Posted by cookie on Tue, Mar 24, 2009, at 8:30 AM

Thanks David, I love those photos from a time gone by. I very well remember when Morton had this Service Station.

-- Posted by leeiii on Tue, Mar 24, 2009, at 8:23 AM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.