my perspective . . .
promised . . . here are photos and information supplied by Joanne
Smith Mello of the evolution from Harness Shop to Service Station,
spanning the lives of her grandfather, Matthias (Matt) Smith,
and her father, Raymond (Ray) Smith.
this photo from the August
9th Post of the early days of downtown Etna from the Bernita
Tickner Family Collection? (circa
Note the 'Harness
Shop' sign to left/below the Etna Hotel sign
Joanne saw it, she immediately emailed and said she had a great
photo taken on the porch of the Harness Shop!
How right she was . . .
There is a porch outside the windows . . .
the chairs aren't just sitting in mid-air!
to right: Gene Wagner, Matthias F. Smith (Joanne's grandfather),
Kenny Crandall, Ed Smith, boy with horse unknown.
was son of Rosalia Smith Crandall
and cousin of my father.
Ed Smith was brother of my father.
I think my
dad said that Bill Smith gave him this info.
When Bill mentioned the boy with the horse,
he said: I dont know the name of the boy,
but I think I know the horse.
area above the people has a sign that says: Harness Shop.
It doesnt show up all that well on the photograph itself,
but the letters are large & quite legible.
Why it didnt show up in the scan, I dont know.
came upon the scene,
I believe grandpa Matt Smith switched gears
and attended more to autos than horses!
this photo is dated about 1907."
Joanne also sent the list of owners between 1874 to 1920 of the
property that later became Matt's Service Station between the
Stephen's Store and what we believe was then called the 'Bucket
of Blood Saloon'. She was not sure what year her grandfather Matt
Smith acquired the station property . . . sometime after the Etna
Hotel buildings burned. Does anyone know what year that fire was???
original photos were those little 2" x 3" ones . . .
remember those in all our old photo albums? When Joanne scanned
them, they came out this size:
we knew that would never work as no one would be able to see what
was going on! A quick check with my 'computer guru' Thelma, revealed
that we should set the dpi on the scanner at 600 for small photos
like that . . .
and Voilà . . .
up at Matt's Service Station.
Does anyone know who this is . . .
that the Bucket of Blood Saloon behind the car and wheelbarrow?
Does anyone have more photos of it and information they could
share with us?
I wasn't exactly sure of the exact sequence
of these photos, but you will get the idea!
this to be Ray Smith
working at his Dad's Service Station.
Old-style gas pumps and
big white tanks for bulk engine oil
that was brought in.
Oil was then pumped out by the quart
or however much you needed!
(Before the days of canned motor oil)
in 1932 and his wife, Anna Salstrom Smith passed in January, 1937.
Joanne presumes her father took over the station after the death
of his father. When the estate was settled in February, 1938,
it shows Raymond R. Smith received title to the station along
with 'all accounts due said service station'.
has spent untold hours/years going through microfiche from the
Western Sentinel Newspaper and found this short, but incomplete
Sentinel May 3, 1939
R. Smith Remodels Service Station
"Raymond Smith of Etna
is remodeling his service station,
Matt's so named,
tearing down the old roof and
part of the back of the building
which was at one time a blacksmith shop,
and putting in......"
(article was cut off at this point,
so we have no idea what remainder of small article would be)
. . .
love the old safe sitting outside!
and 'ready to roll'
(Note the poles under the station . . .
people back then knew about leverage
and were sooooooooo industrious and inventive)
the old truck
helped move the building
while the 'pole-tenders'
kept pace with placing poles
for the building to move on.
Note the location of the street light . . .
now moved from its original position
behind the pumps . . .
closer to the street light!
a rough day!
Old gas pumps
and oil tanks still there
with new 'curb' (foundation) behind
Looks like two guys up on the top working!
New flat roof
New pumps installed
on concrete foundation
. . . Joanne about age 3,
we presume in front of the newly finished station.
Eastman photo of Ray's Service
(Chevron Gas Station)
Still loaned me the July 25, 1940 issue of the Scott Valley Beacon
paper she found . . .
and I found this ad in it . . .
I walked uptown this afternoon and took these photos . . .
years later . . .
and that's all I'll say about that.
to shop locally!
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