David Melson

Picturing the Past 196: Landers & Russell Gulf

Posted Monday, December 2, 2013, at 11:41 AM
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  • Also David, notice the drink box in front of the station. As kids, we loved to open or slide the top and slide the drink bottle down the track....you put the money in inside the box and it unlocked the bottle and then you opened in the long box on the front which served as the catchall for the caps....my how times have changed......great to have the pictures back...thank you

    -- Posted by decorate1956 on Mon, Dec 2, 2013, at 1:44 PM
  • Thanks for reviving the Photos David!! I finally remembered the Area in the old days....Does anyone remember the old Coke machines that would rotate the bottles in vertical positions?? I saw a guy open one with a hand opener and then drink it with a straw...Seems "Beating a Machine" was OK...

    -- Posted by FlaDon on Tue, Dec 3, 2013, at 8:36 AM
  • David this service station was built on the site of the former Yearwood Motors. After Yearwood left this site they built the building that is now occupied by the T-G, and yes the station was new in 1955. Dad and Charlie were the first occupants. As for J.B. Cook, it was the next building to the North of Leonard Parsons' service station. As for the new car question, my fading memory can not recall car sales of any kind at that location but that is not to say he did not have new cars for sale, possibly prior to 1955.

    There are two things that are somewhat fresh in my memory. (1) Flooding took place and water got up in the station a few inches. This could possibly have been the flood when Joe Coffey and Glen Cartwright drowned and I think that was late 1955 or early 1956. (2) This station was equipped with a twin pole truck lift outside between the station and Leonard Parsons place of business. I remember that clearly because I let one lift go down faster than the other one time and I almost dumped one of the Bedford Cheese milk trucks into the creek behind the station.

    -- Posted by leeiii on Mon, Dec 9, 2013, at 4:32 PM
  • Thanks Leeiii for clarifying the location...I remember Yearwood Motors and Compton's Hardware across the street back in the forties...Did you all ever hear the story about the guys fishing at the River and one threw a match in the water and the oil on top burned all the back to Stewart Potts???

    -- Posted by FlaDon on Fri, Dec 13, 2013, at 12:40 PM
  • FlaDon, no I did not hear that but I remember we had to make sure our in ground gas tanks were topped off and sealed shut before the water got up to them.

    -- Posted by leeiii on Fri, Dec 13, 2013, at 4:24 PM
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