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BUSINESSES 3

Click the following links to access information about:

BUSINESSES 1. Reeb's store; Bufler's grocery, Stevens' grocery, Francis' filling station, Wyckoff's grocery; Dees grocery and filling station; Glardon's grocery; and Don's Carry-Out and Eric's Pizza.

BUSINESSES 2. The Hitching Post

BUSINESSES 3. McVicker's Garage

BUSINESSES 4. Shuck's General Store, Dick Martin's Pallet Cleaning Co.; and a 1992 newspaper article about Darrtown businesses.

BUSINESSES 5. The Darrtown Telephone Company; Bufler's Jewelry; Teckman's Trucking; Cartwright-Uhl Trucking; the Fisherman's Press, and the Dit-Dot Painting Company.

BUSINESSES 6. The Milford House and the Darr Gas and Oil Company

Luther McVicker operated his garage for over six decades in Darrtown. More info about Luther is available at the McVicker family page. The undated photo at the right shows Luther in front of two gasoline pumps that stood near the entrance to Luther's garage.

Luther's ledger

Business records reveal names of people who lived in Darrtown and vicinity

Thanks to two Darrtown men (Luther McVicker and Rick Martin), we now have a list of names from Darrtown's past. Luther McVicker maintained a ledger, as a record of his garage business, and Rick Martin, life-long Darrtown resident and frequent visitor to Luther's Garage, had the foresight to preserve Luther's ledger, after Luther closed shop. The ledger appears in the next two images.

ABOVE, L-R:  Luther's ledger closed and open.

Images of three "directory-style" pages from Luther's ledger appear right and below.

 

These three images show the names of individuals who had expense accounts with Luther.


At the risk of using a cliche, Luther's ledger is a "veritable who's who" of individuals that lived in or nearby Darrtown during the middle of the 20th century. Luther's records began in the early 1920's.


Luther retired from his garage business in 1983.

The image at the right serves as an example of the individual account pages found in Luther's ledger.


This image (page 84) shows the account of Mr. Wm. Weiss and it is typical of the other individual account pages in the ledger.

LEFT:


This is a scanned image of a McVicker's Garage receipt, signed by Luther McVicker and dated May 8, 1941.

 

The receipt shows that Mr. Raymond Wiley paid a total of $0.87 for auto supplies.

 

Notice the three digit phone number (272), which appears in the upper-left corner of the receipt.

 

The original receipt is the property of Ronald Wiley, son of Ray Wiley.


The auto seen in the photo at the left is was Luther's car. Rick Martin remembers it as a 1928 Chevrolet  which Luther was known to drive at a ver-r-r-y slow pace, on his trips between the garage and the McVicker residence on Scott Road.

A Summer's Day at Luther's

The 1982 photo shows some Darrtown area residents visiting at Luther McVicker's garage.

 

From left to right: Hugh Decker, Joe McDade, Cecil Pierson, Bob Jasbring, and Warren Hansel.

 

This photo was taken, and contributed, by Larry Simison, son-in-law of Luther McVicker.


A frequent - and friendly - resting place at Luther's Garage

- jokingly known as a "Liar's Bench

LEFT:

This image was taken from an undated and very faded news article that seemingly appeared in the Oxford Press...since, the author of the article is believed to be Oxford Press staff writer, Pete Chappars

 

Chappars' name does not appear anywhere on the news clipping; however, the article begins with the words: "I had sat on..." and refers to the author being the "second from the left."

 

And, the person sitting second from the left is wearing Pete Chappars' signature beret.

 

A reprint of the article appears below.


"Liars bench shaded throne

for rehash of Darrtown tales

 

I had sat on the service station bench in Darrtown before, but I had not remembered the libelous words Liars Bench on it. I'm second from left, between Joe McDade, left; Luther McVicker, and Frank Huelsman.

 

If you'll notice, Luther alone has his hands squarely on hit knees, both feet on the ground, no hat. And, you may notice, too, a teenager in the background, or part of a teenager. The ears belong to Bones, he's Mr. McDade's locally famous pony, 16 years young.

 

Behind the camera is Larry Simison, Mr. McVicker's son-in-law."

Paid in full

A receipt from

McVicker's

Garage