103 Lake Shore Dr. - 'Gandy Corner'
1906-1933, Jul - Dwelling
Swigart Sells Lot to Gafill Oil Co.
Another gsoline service station is to be built in Culver as the result of a recent transaction
whereby the Gafill OIl Co., bought the "Tuck" Swigart property at the corner of Main Street
and Lakeshore Drive.
Nathaniel Gandy Residence (see family
The house remains the property of Mr. Swigart, who plans to move it to the lot north of the
D. W. Marks house.
This lot the Swigarts purchased of Mrs. Sarah Korr-Freeland, of LaPorte.
This one of the oldest in town and at one time was occupied by Dr. Rea and later by
Nathaniel Gandy, father of Mrs. Swigart.
The Gafill Company announces that it does no plan to build on the lot until next year, but
Mr. Swigart plans to move the house in the near future. Jul 12 1933
Dr. Oliver A.Rea Residence
"Tuck" Swigart Residence - one of the oldest
||abt. 12 Jul. 1933 sold to Gafill Oil Company to build Gas Station in 1934 on it ; The house
was moved to Lot 55 that was owned by Sarah E. Freeland (and Charles) to
Augusta Swigart, which is now 411 N. Lake Street.|
1933 - Jul 19 - Moving Swigart House - Workmen have started moving the
Tuck Swigart house
from the corner of Main Street and Lake Shore Drive to Lake Street. The street is blocked
to trafic while the house is being moved
Jul. 1933 - Gafill Oil Co. [?Gafill Oil Company of South Bend]
1934 - Jul 18 - Augusta and Irvin D. Swigart to Gafill Oil Co. Lot 22 Ex7 ft. Orig Plat
Culver WD $1.00 - Citizen
1937 - Vacant Lot Gafill Oil Co. [?Gafill Oil Company of South Bend]
1037 - September 8 1937 – New Service Statuo to be Built by Gafill Oil CO.
A new Service station and bulk plant will be built by the Gagill Oil company at the
corner of Lake Shore Drive and Main stree on the lot formerly owned by "Tuck"
Swigart, and Claude Mikesell has been secured to operat the station and truck
Mr. Mikesell states that the work will be started on the new building at oce and
that it will be of the super servcice type. The tanks for the bulk store will be
placed underground. The size and type of station has not bee announced by
officials of the Gafill compnay.
1935 - May 25 - Gafill Starts $6,500 Service Station To be Completed By July 4
The construction of a $6,500 super service station y the Gafill Oil CO., at the
corner of Lake Shore Drive and Main Street was started Tuesday morning and it is
planned to have the structure completed by July 4th.
The building willbe 25r feet by 43 fee in size and will face with the long side on
Lake Shore Drive.
GLazed tile will be used on the inside and outside, with the colors of cream, white
and red predominating.
The pans call for a style of architecture that is a mixture of SPanish and modernistic.
Glass partitions will separate most of the variou rooms in the station.
The building is of a new typte that has never been used before by the Gafill company
and will de different from any other station in this part of the state, it is stated by
officials of the company.
The station will bade drivs from both streest and will be lighted by three powerful
floodlights. The balance of the property on which is also locted a bulk station will be
completely lanscaped with sid, flower beds and evergrees by the time the building
The construction work is being handled by the Gafill company, but locak labor and
material is being used as much as possible.
The station will be managed by CLaude Mmikesell who also operates the bulk station.
||1938 - DX Gas Station - Gafill - opened 1938 Donald Zechiel Manager,
Claude P. Mikesell Company Representive |
1938- AUg. 10
To Hold Formal Opening of New Gafill Service Station
This is the new super service station erected by the Gafill Oil Company at the corner of
Main street and Lake Shore Drive. The exterior of the building is finished in glazed tile
in two colors, with red trimmings. The driveway to the station is unusually large, assuring
motorists of ample room, a wide margin of saftey, and easy driving. Local labor was used as
much as possible in constructing the building.
Donald Zechiel, manager of the station, is standing by the pumps, and claude Mikesell, local
representative of the Gafill company, is at the rear of the bulk truck.
The delayed formal opening of Culver's newst business will take place Saturday and Sunday,
Aug. 13 and 14, when the Gafill Oil Company will hold open house at the new super service
station, corner of Main and Lake Shore Drive.
To celebrate the inauguration of the company's newest station, carnations will be given to
the ladies, ice cream cones to the children, and cigars to the men on Saturday and Sunday.
The public is invited to visit the station and inspect the new building. Claude Mikesell is
the manager of the Gafill company's bulk and retail sales here, while Donald Zechiel is
managing the service station.
The station is featuring the well known D-X motor fuel, complete power lubrictation service,
battery charging, tire service, and first class all-around service for the automobile.
1938 - Oct 5 - Card of Thanks - To my many friends and customers I wish to express my
appreciaiton for their loyal patronage while I was managing the Gafill Oil Station - Donald Zechiel
1940 - Jun 19 - Employed by Gafill - Bryon studebaker has accepted a postition with the Garfill service station and
rook up his new dutied Sunfay. He succeeds Howard Goss, who will move to his father's farm,
it is reported..
1941 - Feb 19 - Harold D. Davis Manager Of C-X Service Station -
Harold Davis has become the manager of the Gafill Service Station on the corner of Main
Street and Lake Shore Drive. He took over his new duties on Monday and closed his
former business on Jefferson Street.
Bryon Studebaker, retiring station manager, has accepted a position as draftsman with the
Allison COmpany in Indianapolis.
1943 - Jan. 29 - Dale Jones has taken over the management of the Gafill Super Service Station
and will do light repair work as well as lubrication and washing and the handling of
gasoline and oil.
1944 - Nay 17 - New D-X Manager
Cary Cummins assumed the management of the Gafill D-X- Service station Monday, May 8,
succeeding Clyde Bennett who is now working at Studebaker's in South Bend.
Mr. Cummins, who has been employed at the Bendix plant needs no introduction to the
community as he is well known for his former business activities and leadership as fire chief
for several years,
1945 - Jan 17 - D-X CHanges Managers - The Gafill D-X service station changed managers as Donald
Behmer succeeded Cary Cummins. Mr Behmer is well known here as an expert motor mchanic and
pations of the station are assured the finest of service at all time. Mr. Cummins plans for the
future are indefinite.
1945 - Feb. 8 - Bought Service Station - The Gafill Dex Service station has changed hands again.
Charles COok became the manager Thursday afternoon, succeeding DOn Behner.
1945 - Jun 6 Re-Buys Dx_Station - Dale Jones has purchased the Gafill D-X Service Station of Charles
Cook and is again operating the business he formeryl owned.
1963 Jan 3 Dale's D-X Service Station Purchased By Tony Cihak
Dale's D-X Service, located on Lake Shore Drive, has been purchased by Anton William
(Tony) Cihak. The changeover was effective as of Jan. 1, 1963. The purchase included
all equipment and stock. Mr. Cihak will continuethe same general policy and service
as the previous owner,Dale Jones, offered the public.
Dale Jones, the former owner, started the Dale's D-X Service just 20 years ago to the
day,Jan. 1, 1943. During that time, he has continually increased theservices of the
station to meet the public demand. He will be missed by his many friends.
Mr. Jones on leaving the service station will devote full time to the selling of real
estate. He will be connected with Chipman, Jenkins & Chipman, of Plymouth The Jones',
however,still reside here in Culver, as Dale will take care of the real estate firm's
business in this area.
1963 - 1966, June - Tony's DX Gas Station - Anton W. "Tony" Cihak
The integrated oil company now known as Sunoco began as The Peoples Natural Gas Company in
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1886.
Four years later, the growing enterprise became the Sun Oil Company of Ohio. By 1901, the
company was incorporated in New Jersey as Sun Company. With a growing portfolio of oil
fields and refineries in hand, Sun opened its first service station in Ardmore, Pennsylvania
in 1920. The name changed back to Sun Oil Company in 1922 and, in 1925, Sun became a publicly
traded company on the New York Stock Exchange
In 1968, Sun Oil Company merged with Tulsa, Oklahoma based Sunray DX Oil Company, which refined
and marketed gasoline under the DX brand in several midwestern states
Sun Oil Company continued marketing its petroleum products under both the Sunoco and DX brands
through the 1970s and into the 1980s.
With increased diversification, Sun Oil Company was renamed Sun Company in 1976. In 1980, Sun
acquired the U.S. oil and gas properties of Texas Pacific Oil Company, Inc., a subsidiary of
The Seagram Company, Ltd.
In the late 1980s, Sun began rebranding DX stations in the Midwest to the Sunoco brand
1967,Oct-1968 - Ok's D-X Service Clinic - S-Sgt. Otis K Watkins (ret.)
sold in 1963 but my dad, Otis Watkins, an instructor at the academy but still active duty Army
either leased this or bought it in 1964. It seems like we had it a year and a half and then he
was sent to Viet Nam for a year and a half before retiring from active duty. I wasn't very old
but do recall helping my mom run this while dad was gone until it sold in 1966. That's why
I'm thinking it was not leased. - Keith Watkins
||Here is an ad in the Culver Citizen on 12 Oct 1967 announcing the opening of Ok's D-X Service Clinic|
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1969 - 1976-1979, Mar - [101, 104 Lakeshore ] A & R MOTORS - Ron Tanner
The Mar 1st issue annouced the upcoming "Grand Opening" at their new lcoation - 415 Lake Shore Dr.
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1990, 1991 - Max Surf Shop - Mark & Marge Hunter
Jan 1994 - 2012 - James D & Rosalie R Bonine Rental Property
199_- ? - empty
199_ - 200_ - Thru the Grape Vine - Jean E Snyder Merchant
2012, Nov.-- 2013 - 2016, Dec - Comfort Heating & Air , Daniel J Arthurhultz Inc
2017, Jan - Rideon Bicycles of Culver
2019 - Ringer's Golf Carts, LLC
We are excited to announce that we will be opening a store front location this spring in Culver. Opening Date still to be determined.
It will be at 103 E. Lakeshore. For everyone familiar with Culver it is where the bike shop rental was located. We will offer Sales, s
ervice and rentals and We will also be selling Trojan batteries.
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