Gas was 10 to 12 cents a gallon, depending on the grade. It brought customers into the station, but the “real money-makers” were oil changes, engine tune-ups and repairs. Mel recalls: “Every Saturday, which was the day I received my pay in cash, my first destination after work was Watkins Drugstore, located on the southwest corner of Failing and Union Avenue (now Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd). There, I would reward myself with a most wanted indulgence, a butterscotch sundae, topped with whip cream and a cherry. I am not certain of the exact cost, but I would guess it was in the 15 to 25 cent range. Delicious memories
of youth are still with us, no matter what our age may be.”
This story is condensed from a longer version written by Mel Cook, and captured on Steve Schreiber's volgagermans.net website.