grew up in the village of Richwood, Ohio, where my father was the
Chevrolet dealer until he retired in 1973 and sold the dealership to
the Mills family. They continued in business for more than 35
years. But then . . .
And a week later, on October 8, 2008, the Richwood Gazette reported:
General Motors, as part of its 2009 bankruptcy reorganization, will be shutting down roughly a thousand dealerships around the country, many of them smaller operations like the one in Richwood. But Mills has already closed, one of the 401 GM dealers who voluntarily terminated their franchises in 2008 presumably because of poor business conditions.
I think back 45 years to the time when my father built the now-vacant facility. Below are some pictures I took then but have not yet shared with you.
the previous building was destroyed by fire
on June 10, 1964, we cleared away the debris and continued selling
cars from the same location. A house trailer parked beside the
used-car lot served as the temporary office.
Red Connolly and Gene Cheney sometimes visited Waldo's desk; click here for a photo.
upstairs, I got this view of the service department. Devices
like air hoses and drop lights were suspended from the ceiling.
And vehicle tailpipes could be hooked up to hoses in the floor, so
that exhaust fans could carry the fumes away. In winter, this
allowed us to keep the big overhead doors closed, even with car
engines running indoors.