They wrote, "What was the name of the small gas station that was near the Lorain Public Library in the 1980s and had the head of an Indian in its eye-catching sign?" The reader did not know all the street names in Lorain, so it was unclear as to which station it might be.
|From the collection |
of Jon Roma
The service station celebrated its Grand Opening with the announcement above, which ran in The Journal on May 20, 1971, the eve of the big day.
The service station was located at 1006 West Erie Avenue.
That particular corner had been associated with automotive services since the early 1920s. Moore & Meyers Battery Service seems to have been the first, appearing in the city directory in 1924. Miller Brothers Garage was listed at that corner in the early 1930s, and a Fleetwing Service Station appeared at the listings in the early 1940s.
C. Norman Kent operated a service station there from the mid-1940s and into the 1950s. Bowers Fleetwing had a 1955 listing, about the same time that Moore & Meyers reappeared.
Throughout the 1960s, Moore & Meyers shared the corner with Lorain News Agency. By the time of the 1971 book, the corner was vacant – and Red Head Oil Company took advantage of that opportunity.
Red Head was in business on that corner throughout the 1970s, 1980s and into the 1990s. Due to the incomplete collection of directories, I'm not sure when the station closed. According to the Lorain County Auditor website, the property is owned by Speedway. Sure wish they'd put a new station there like our new one in Sheffield Lake!
Today, a closed building remains on the site.
|Courtesy Lorain County Auditor website|