Editor's notice: That is the 204th in a sequence of articles recalling vanished Huntington scenes.
HUNTINGTON - In 1919, Herman Shank, a mechanic, opened Shank's Auto Store at 1120 third Ave., the place he bought Saxon, Mitchell and Astor vehicles, together with Hood and G&C tires.
The shop quickly stopped promoting vehicles however went on promoting tires at its authentic location till 1964 when it moved to a brand new, trendy constructing at 330 20th St. The tire retailer finally turned a subsidiary of the Shank Oil Co., headed by Joseph Shank Sr. The shop was operated by his sons, Richard and Joe Shank Jr.
An impartial retailer, Shank's Tire Service was promoting Firestone model tires when it moved into its new 20th Road constructing. Later it could promote Michelin, Basic and Remington tires. Along with promoting tires, the shop provided all kinds of automotive providers, together with retreading, brake service and entrance finish alignment, together with equipment akin to batteries, mufflers and tailpipes.
When Shank's Tire Service closed in October 1983 it wrote an finish to one among Huntington's oldest dwelling-owned and operated companies. Shank's was mentioned to be one of many nation's oldest impartial tire retailers.
In Washington, a spokesman for the Nationwide Tire Sellers and Retreaders Affiliation, requested to touch upon the closing, mentioned the nation's sagging economic system had hit the tire enterprise laborious. Nationwide, he mentioned, the previous 12 months had seen greater than 250 tire sellers both exit of enterprise or be bought by bigger firms.
At this time, the location of the Shank household's tire retailer is likely one of the many enterprise and residential properties that have been cleared to make means for building of Marshall College's Joan C. Edwards Stadium.
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