Dale Hardy sent me this information regarding the LeTourneau store in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The photos and text are courtesy of Dale Hardy of LeTourneau Technologies and R.G. LeTourneau Heritage Center. I met Dale last summer in Longview, Texas while researching the housing systems of R.G. LeTourneau at LeTourneau University.
Here are two pictures of the service station at LeTourneau, Mississippi. The first was taken on June 27, 1947 and the second is almost 64 years later taken on May 27, 2011. The building was a combination service station and grocery store. The third picture also taken on June 27, 1947 is of the grocery store entrance on the east side of the building. The original construction consisted of two 24’ X 30’ basic monolithic Tournalaid units.
My parents, TC and Mary Hardy, operated the service station from approximately 1964 to 1966. They sold GULF gas and products. I’m sure my two older brothers fixed a lot of flats during those years.
The last image is front view of store taken on June 27, 1947. View of combined gas station – grocery store building was created in conjunction with the Vicksburg housing project. The store consists of two 24 X 30 basic monolithic Tournalaid units.