Friday, June 30, 2017

Versailles Area Museum to Open New Display

The Versailles Area Museum will officially open a new display on Sunday July 9th reflecting on the rich history of petroleum stations in the community.

Tom Mendenhall, a active volunteer at the museum came up with this superb idea over a year ago working on the “How can we do this?” After much planning and the efforts of many the new display moved in on June 20th and is being finalized for her grand reveal on July 9th.

This display features Versailles Oil & Gas which later became known to numerous generations as Gus’s. The Station was originally located west of the Buckeye Overall Company on West Main Street and later at the corner of South Center Street and Marker Road or State Route 121.

While numerous area Stations are also featured in photos and memorabilia. Yet Gus’s is our focus. Our thanks to Gus Barga’s son Doug, and daughter and son-in-law Carman and Jon Snyder several items are featured from the long-time Versailles establishment.

What would a Station be without a car? Thanks to John McEldowney and his Dad, Phil we have a fantastic 1929 Ford Model A parked in our lobby with a lovely lady waiting to have her car serviced as she returns home from a local shopping excursion.

Other friends of the museum including Art Gaier, Sarah Magoto, Ron Kramer, and Tom Mendenhall added to the display that will be talked about by all who stop by to visit 1930’s Versailles.

We invite you to join us any Sunday from 1-4 and browse with old friends, enjoy the many new displays, and to hear our story.

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