Editor's note: This is the 238th in a series of articles recalling vanished Huntington scenes.
HUNTINGTON — In 1960, Richard Minnix helped a friend, Ronnie Wright, open a new Texaco service station across from Cabell Huntington Hospital. The following year he married the former Peggy S. Farley. The couple has been married for 57 years.
In 1962, Minnix opened Richard's Shell Service on U.S. 60 East, the first of five Shell stations that were built in the Tri-State area. The other four were in Barboursville, at 8th Avenue and 10th Street, on Adams Avenue and in Kenova.
Minnix recalls selling gasoline for 17.9 cents a gallon for regular and 19.9 cents for premium. "People would buy a dollar's worth at a time, which was five gallons. You could fill a 20-gallon tank for $4. We had a Silver Dollar Card. Each time you bought gas your card was punched, and when it was full, you got a silver dollar."
In 1965, he bought an Esso station, Minnix Riverside Esso, located at 4600 U.S. 60 East, one block west of the Shell station. "At the Esso station, we had lots of promotions. We gave away drinking glasses with each fill-up and also gave out Top Value stamps. You pasted the stamps in a booklet and could redeem them for items at Big Bear stores."
"We were a full service gas station. When you pulled in for gas, we would check your oil, battery and tire pressure, wash your windows and sweep your carpets. You never had to get out of your car."
In 1969, Minnix sold the station and took a job as service manager at Superior Cadillac-Olds. In 1970, he went to work for Bob Mays at Standard Food Service and was there for more than 30 years, retiring in 2002. "Currently my full-time job is golfing," he says.
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