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Wayne D Holt

Laura, re the redevelopment of the building featured in your column; interesting it was mentioned as an Oldsmobile dealership from the 1950s. The building at 2428 Church St. at 25th that has been occupied for many years by Kleen Supply Company was an Oldsmobile dealership back in the day. There is a vintage Oldsmobile floor mosaic at the eastern entrance to the business that identifies it. With its wrap around glass on a busy street corner, it seems to be more suited to car sales display. I wonder if the Harry Rice building was additional repair space for this Olds dealer?

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Laura Elder

Wayne, those are good questions. I was going on information provided by those involved in the real estate transaction and tried researching the history of the building but couldn't find anything. I'll try to get those answers.

Brian Maxwell

The building being discussed was service and parts for the dealership. The dealer when I was a kid was Galvez Carriage Company and sold Oldsmobile and Nissan. The Kleen Supply building was the olds dealer. The building across the street where the day care is was the Nissan dealer. They also had a lot across 25th on Postoffice for vehicles. At one point they actually leased the old Shep’s Chicken Shack on 61st (Where the urgent care is today) for a used car lot to give them a “west end” presence.

In later years Bob Pagan bought the dealership and merged it with his closing the downtown locations eventually.

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Laura Elder

This helps a lot. Thank you for shedding some light on it.

Bailey Jones

You beat me to it, Wayne. I felt like a little kid when I first saw that Oldsmobile floor mosaic. I hope they can keep some of the character of this great old building.

Wayne D Holt

It's pretty easy to imagine that Olds showroom with some of those classic beauties in there just ready for a test drive and a buyer signature. Those were the days when cars looked distinctive; nowadays, I can't even guess the continent where they were designed. Stop me, Bailey...I'm wallowing in nostalgia again.

Thanks much for the details on the neighborhood, Brian. Very interesting and I'll look at these buildings with even more affection now.

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