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Picturing the Past 15: Back to the gas station

Posted Tuesday, June 30, 2009, at 9:43 AM

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This Phillips 66 station, at Lewis Avenue and South Cannon Boulevard, kept motorists moving in the 1960s. (T-G file photo)
Well, at least the awning had a space-age appearance.

This Phillips 66 gas station was located where the Kangaroo convenience store now operates at the intersection of South Cannon Boulevard and Lewis Avenue in Shelbyville. Remember when Claude Swing's Phillips 66 station at North Main and Lane Parkway had a similar appearance in the 1960s and 1970s?

That corner had three gas stations when this photo was shot in late May 1965. Across the street was a gas station in a building which now hosts a beauty shop and used car dealership. The Hastings Racing Engines building was home to another gas station.

That station looks like it was fairly new when this was shot, but it had become pretty rundown by the 1980s before it was demolished to make way for the convenience store.

At the far left you'll see someone's '61 or '62 Cadillac convertible. Neat car.


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I remember a tractor trailor truck that turned over on its side near the left of the picture on the road. It was carrying horses if I remember correctly and some or all of the horses were killed when the truck turned over. A wrecker was used to remove the horses from the trailor. I think it happened around the mid 70's when I was about 10 or 12 years old.

-- Posted by AmericanWoman on Tue, Jun 30, 2009, at 10:38 AM

I believe the station across the street on the east side of Cannon Blvd was once owned by leeiii's family - do I have that right, leeiii?

-- Posted by w00dy on Tue, Jun 30, 2009, at 10:46 AM

David, thanks for another great picture of a full service service station (another dinosaur now extinct) For the life of me I can not remember who first opened this station. You mentioned Claude Swing in conjunction with the station on North Main. Before that Claude also had a Shell station just about where the Regions Drive-In branch was and maybe is (it fronted Elm Street)

Woody, yes that is right. Elbert Landers (a distant cousin) had that Shell station, and at the same time Gilbert Landers had a Shell station on the corner of Madison and Deery. At the time they started these stations they were also running Landers Quality Recappers.

-- Posted by leeiii on Tue, Jun 30, 2009, at 11:23 AM

Was this station located on the n/w corner of Cannon Blvd and Lewis Ave.?

-- Posted by cookie on Wed, Jul 1, 2009, at 1:43 PM

Southwest corner. If you were coming into town on Lewis Avenue it would be on right.

-- Posted by David Melson on Wed, Jul 1, 2009, at 2:30 PM

If the Hastings Racing Engines building is where I think it is then I am thinking that used to be a Mobil Service Station at one time. The name Haywerd Sudberry keeps coming to my mind maybe in partnership with someone else. I can not be absolutely sure that this is correct.

-- Posted by leeiii on Sat, Jul 4, 2009, at 9:28 AM

"If the Hastings Racing Engines building is where I think it is then I am thinking that used to be a Mobil Service Station at one time. The name Haywerd Sudberry keeps coming to my mind maybe in partnership with someone else. I can not be absolutely sure that this is correct."

-- Posted by leeiii on Sat, Jul 4, 2009, at 9:28 AM

I wonder if the someone else you mention above might perhaps be Ed Glasscock, as it seems I want to associate this location with him, also. The Ed Glasscock I am thinking about used to do a lot of gospel singing around Shelbyville with a group, usually a quartet. I have always been a fan of good bass singing, and Ed,in my opinion, was as good as any nationally famous bass singer I have ever heard. Wish I could hear him one more time.

Even if this is not who you're thinking about, I want to thank you for this post, as it has enabled me to call up and savor once again some wonderful musical memories of the early 1950's.

leeiii, last night while searching the web for info on Simon Warner, I landed smack in the middle of one of Bo's blogs from 2007,"Have You Had A Ghostly Encounter?" I left a comment, and would greatly appreciate it if you will check it out sometime, and hopefully furnish some info on his death, trial outcome, and perhaps his street address on West Lane, if known.I know where he and I lived in relation to each other, but have no clue as to house numbers. Thanks.

-- Posted by ilikeoldsongs on Sat, Jul 4, 2009, at 10:19 AM

ilikeoldsongs, yes Ed Glasscock does ring a bell in relationship to that station, but I am thinking about someone else connected to Sudberry. I think that they may have been in the trucking business together.

Since you have mentioned Ed Glasscock in relation to Gospel singing it has stirred my memories of the Bedford County Singing Convention. Some of the names that I quickly recall are: the Gentry Brothers, Sara Sanders, Ed Glasscock, and a quartet from Franklin called the Frost Brothers Quartet. My, my, my, that was some good singing. My Daddy's favorite was called I think "Life's Evening Sun".

Thanks for the Simon Warner clue. I will check out your post right now. The other day when I was doing some research in my old books I found a street address for a store that Simon Warner had on Bridge Street, but I did not write it down. Oh well, I will probably run across it again soon.

-- Posted by leeiii on Sat, Jul 4, 2009, at 11:55 AM

"Some of the names that I quickly recall are: the Gentry Brothers, Sara Sanders, Ed Glasscock, and a quartet from Franklin called the Frost Brothers Quartet. My, my, my, that was some good singing. My Daddy's favorite was called I think "Life's Evening Sun".

Not sure I remember the Frost Brothers, but the others for certain, in fact I lived in the same community, and attended church with Paul Gentry for a number of years. He and his wife, Vesta Sue, were super nice folks.

And no afternoon or evening of gospel singing would be complete without a stirring, heartfelt rendition of "Life's Evening Sun".

-- Posted by ilikeoldsongs on Sat, Jul 4, 2009, at 12:54 PM


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