1954 - My
father, Harvey McCollum, standing in front of his first Summerville gas
station located on the west side of North Commerce across from the current
Pizza Hut. Billings Avenue is just over the hill.
shot facing southwest. The Shropshire house which stood behind a
vacant lot adjacent to Troy's Drive-In (now Henry's Bar-B-Que) is
visible in the center.
1960 - A photo scanned from a yearbook ad shows an upgraded station.
- A photo scanned from a yearbook ad shows
vending machines to the right. The Hollis house still stands on
the adjacent lot to the north.
A 1963 yearbook ad photo. "Fill 'er up with Ethyl."
A 1965 yearbook ad photo shows a new roofline, gas pumps, and light fixtures.
photo shows the last upgrade:
a new office building and a gas pump under the shadow of a metal canopy.
I-75 was completed, I pumped gas for customers from as far
north as Michigan and Canada traveling through Summerville on
their way to Florida via U.S. 27. If they needed a quart of oil,
I was supposed to offer them the high-priced Kendall GT-1. If
they balked at the price, I'd start "selling down" until I eventually
arrived at the 15 cent "bulk" oil, recycled from heaven knows what.
Sometimes a customer would pull up and ask for 50 cents worth, almost 2 gallons of gas!
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