Program In Myers Inn at 7:30, November 8, 2016 . . . .

Pictured above left to right:  Harold Curran's Sohio Station on Columbus Street at Rainbow Avenue.  Walker's Texaco on Granville and Morning (Certified in 2016),  Gene Sparks' Citgo at the corner of Columbus and Granville Streets, and Eldon Frakes' Marathon on South Columbus

Brent Carson will present a Powerpoint program to the Big Walnut Area Historical Society at 7:30 Tuesday, November 8.  Carson will show photos of  Delaware County's Gasoline Stations in Delaware County and give a little history of these businesses which have become obsolete.

When Charlie Wheaton and Jim Furry began selling cars on Granville Street, they installed a gasoline pump at the curb to supply fuel to those who bought cars.  People pulled their cars up to the curb and got gasoline without leaving the street.  This caused enough fires across the state to have a law made saying cars must pull off the street to get gasoline.  A drive in to the showroom of their building became a pull in for the gas pumps. However when a latter law said each service station needed two outhouses at the back of the station Charlie quit pumping gas.  He had one outhouse and saw no need for two.  Fortunately David Rosecrans was pumping gas on Columbus Street at the southwest corner of Cherry which had a pull in drive next to the pump on the corner.

Carson is the President of the Delaware County Historical Society.  Each year they select a type of business and collect photos of them for the Delaware County Fair.  The 2016 exhibit was based on the gasoline stations in Delaware County.  From these photos  and the collected stories which go with them, Carson has a program that will enlighten and entertain.

The program will be given in the Myers Inn Meeting Room on South Columbus Street  facing Sunbury Village Square.  Admission is free.  There will be a brief general business meeting to elect officers for 2017.
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