father Vernon M. Thomas is seen here pointing the way from the
bumper of a 1934 Chevrolet coupe.
was involved with Chevys from his first job in 1929 until his
retirement in 1973.
the following pages are some black and white photos from that
the age of 18, Vernon entered Bowling Green Business College in
Kentucky and took an accounting course that included the General
Motors accounting system.
graduation in 1929, he was told of two bookkeeping jobs that were
available. One was at a coal mine. The other was at
Short Shoemaker's Garage a Chevrolet dealership in
the Kentucky town of Falmouth, about 200 miles to the northeast.
He opted for the latter, and eventually he became the garage manager.
I have deciphered the clues correctly, Shoemakers Garage was
located in the now-decaying building below, as shown in this Google
Street View from 2014. The address is 313 Main Street, which at
the time was on US Highway 27, one of the two major routes between
Lexington and Cincinnati.