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Business records from McVicker's Garage adds to our list of residents from Darrtown and vicinity
Thanks to two Darrtown men (Luther McVicker and Rick Martin), we now have a documented list of names from Darrtown's past. Luther McVicker maintained 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.
Image of Luther's ledger -
Image of Luther's ledger -
The "Individuals" section of this Darrtown.com website provides a list of Darrtown-related people. The names that appear in the "Individuals" section were generated from documented history (newspapers, genealogical records, etc.) and the collective memories of the Darrtown.com webmaster and others who contribute their recollections.
Luther's ledger provides additional names; names of people who are not listed in the "Individuals" section of this website, because, sadly, we do not possess any records or memories of such persons.
Photographs of individual pages from Luther's ledger appear right and below.
The images are provided in the largest size possible to facilitate the reading of the names.
The first three images below show the names of individuals who had running expense accounts with Luther.
The fourth image below is an example of one account page; it (page 84) is the account of Mr. Wm. Weiss and it is typical of the other individual pages in the ledger.
At the risk of using a cliche, Luther's ledger is a "veritable who's who" of Darrtown residents during the middle of the 20th century. Luther's records began in the early 1920's. He retired from the garage business in 1983.
Note "Dr. A. B. Wilke" - see Darrtown Doctors in History / Page 10
The image at the left is offered
as an example of an individual account page,
This account page (no. 84) is the account of Mr. Wm. Weiss and it is typical of the other individual pages in the ledger.
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 $2.87 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.
This undated photo shows Luther McVicker in front of two gasoline pumps that stood at the entrance to Luther's garage.
The auto at the left 1928 was Luther's car. Rick Martin remembers it as a 1928 Chevrolet which Luther was known to drive at a 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.
The "Liars Bench" at Luther's
This image was taken from an undated and very faded news article (below, left) 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.
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