Anyway, the service station shown in the ad, which was located at 401 E. Erie (the corner of California and E. Erie) had previously been listed in the directories as being Don Rounds' station, with no particular brand of gasoline listed in the various phone books and directories.
|1959 Lorain Phone Book Listing|
The names associated with the station in the ad – Wolack and Mersdorf – apparently were not involved with the enterprise for very long. By the time of the 1955-56 directory it was listed as Bob & Jim's City Service gas station (with the names Bob and James Waugaman being associated with the business).
In the 1957 directory, the station was listed as Jack's Cities Service with Jack Edwards listed as the owner. It would retain this name until the time of the 1966 directory, when the CITGO name replaced the original Cities brand and the station became Jack's CITGO Service.
The station would continue under this name until the time of the 1973 directory, when the address was listed as vacant – which is why I don't remember the gas station at all.
I was much more familiar with the building (greatly modified) as the longtime home of Hills Business Machines and its various offshoot office products companies. Hills moved in by the time of the 1976 directory.
Today the building at 401 E. Erie is home to T-Bonds Bail Bonds.
Here is the "now" shot of the building from this past weekend (below).
Tomorrow: Lorain's Retro Cities Service Station