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Old 02-06-2010, 02:46 PM
 
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The crickets were like a plague one year. I was ten or twelve
years old at the time. Downtown, you could hardly walk without them jumping on you, all over the storefronts, women screaming etc.
No exaggeration either.
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Mentioning the three wheel motorcycles brought back my earliest memories of San Antonio. I also remember those black smudge pots on the streets where work was being done. I remember one year the roads were covered with crickets both alive and dead. Does anyone else remember that?
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Old 02-06-2010, 03:12 PM
 
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Default Yep,

They were model Markts allright, Also a Piggly Wiggly at
Pecan Valley and Goliad.
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There was a grocery store on the corner of Goliad/Clark/Gevers(where the vacant Albertson's sits) and another one on Goliad Rd near Pecan Valley. I think they were a Model Market, but not sure. Also, there was an Orange Julius in McCreless mall just outside Montgomery Wards.
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Old 02-06-2010, 03:20 PM
 
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Default I remember the free drinking glasses from Shamrock,

I might have given the glasses ro your family.
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I remember when Sigmor Shamrock would fill your tank for you, give Top Value trading stamps (double stamps on Wednesday), and give you a nice glass with a fill up. We had a large set of these glasses. They came in three sizes,
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Old 02-06-2010, 03:26 PM
 
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Default I remember SATEX,

The Gasoline "wars" of 1969 and 1970 when Shamrock and Fina
stations had regular leaded gas for 17 cents a gallon. Plus a free drinking glass.
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It's amazing how there used to be a gas station on almost every other corner. Sometimes all four corners of many intersections. I remember the photo you posted Bud! Love to have more of the old station photos like that. I remember an old station at Fitch and Pleasanton Road. The old tall glass cylinder pump sat there for many years after the station closed. I remember when stations also had hand pumps on the side of the bldg. You could get white gas , kerosene , coal oil , bulk oil ..
Yep, used to get free glasses and stamps at some. Maps were always free. "Let's go to the races" !! How many people listened to those not realizing the races had already been run. LOL .
Stamps..Texas Gold , Top Value , S&H Green.. Seems like all HEB's had a Brunner's and a Top Value or Texas Gold redemption Center next door.
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Old 02-06-2010, 03:51 PM
 
Location: I live south of San Antonio in a place called Atascosa.
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Thanks for all your comments Huckster it is helping me get through this day of no football. I always put Fina in my VW but Shamrock gasoline was supposed to not be very good. I bought it anyway and if I remember right the glasses had a plastic bottom so they wouldn't leave rings on the furniture. My dad had this "gas station standard" Best to worst --Exxon (Humble, Enco) , Mobile, Texaco, Conoco, Gulf, Hancock, Fina, Shamrock, Key , Billups.. I probably forgot a few..
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Old 02-06-2010, 05:19 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I might have given the glasses ro your family.
If you worked at the one at West Avenue near Arroya Vista, you did! That station is still open, is now a Valero, and seems to be doing great business!

There were three gas stations on West Ave about 2 blocks south; a Texaco, Enco, and Phillips 66. When the Texaco closed, the president of Columbia Bowling Balls leased it, and changed it to a self service station (self serve was RARE at the time). He hired me to run that station, and to oversee the operation of three others. We called it "Handy Gas". We were always at least a penny chepaer per gallon than the Shamrock up the street, but we had few customers. For a penny a gallon or so more, a person got his tank filled, stamps, and glasses at the Shamrock.

The Enco later became Exxon, and is now a floral shop. The Phillips 66 went away and became quite a few different businesses, and the Texaco/Handy Gas was torn down, and a convenience store with gas pumps is now on the site. They are currently selling Shell gasoline.
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Old 02-06-2010, 05:49 PM
 
Location: I live south of San Antonio in a place called Atascosa.
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Outafocus..did you ever go to the Knothole Saloon..If you lived down there you must have..also the cliffs out by Lee Highschool..Arroya Vista would dead end right into that place
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Old 02-06-2010, 06:15 PM
 
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Outafocus..did you ever go to the Knothole Saloon..If you lived down there you must have..also the cliffs out by Lee Highschool..Arroya Vista would dead end right into that place
I spent my childhood riding my BMX bike in those trails... used to enter where Allena dead ended into them.
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Old 02-06-2010, 06:41 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Outafocus..did you ever go to the Knothole Saloon..If you lived down there you must have..also the cliffs out by Lee Highschool..Arroya Vista would dead end right into that place
I never made it to the Knothole Saloon, and when i was a kid, the bike trails I rode on were where West Ave. Elementary is now.

I lived on the 100 block of Storeywood.
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Old 02-06-2010, 07:31 PM
 
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Default Dwangle,

As I remember from before- you wrote that you are a veteran
of the Swizzle Stick and Sumthin Different Lounges. Used to go there
myself around 1970-75, myself and some friends. Lived right in the area too.
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Thanks for all your comments Huckster it is helping me get through this day of no football. I always put Fina in my VW but Shamrock gasoline was supposed to not be very good. I bought it anyway and if I remember right the glasses had a plastic bottom so they wouldn't leave rings on the furniture. My dad had this "gas station standard" Best to worst --Exxon (Humble, Enco) , Mobile, Texaco, Conoco, Gulf, Hancock, Fina, Shamrock, Key , Billups.. I probably forgot a few..
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