Courtesy of Anuta Research Center

Gas station of the past

The olden days come alive and nostalgia flows when readers see reflections of the erstwhile Mom and Pop gasoline station of the past. Ed Rasmussen operated this station squeezed into tight quarters at the corner of Wells and Main streets, Marinette, in the 1920s. The English Cottage-style station was owned by Barkhausen Oil Corp., a giant in the oil industry in the 1920s and 1930s. The three-pump station was a favorite stop for customers and why not. During the Great Depression of the 1920s you could buy six gallons of gasoline for one buck. On top of that, customers had their oil, radiator and tires checked, and their windows washed and the station operator smiled when you handed him a dollar bill or a pocket full of small change that equaled a dollar.