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Re: Willi car dealerships

Posted By: Ada Kerachsky Albright <aa19@cornell.edu>
Date: Friday, 2 March 2001, at 5:33 p.m.

In Response To: Willi car dealerships (William Brainard)

I believe that there was a Buick/Cadillac dealer on Bank Street, on the opposite side of the street from the fire department.

Posted By: William Brainard <p020188b@pb.seflin.org>
Date: Friday, 2 March 2001, at 6:52 p.m.

In Response To: Re: Willi car dealerships (Ada Kerachsky Albright)

And there was Leonard Motors on Meadow Street which sold Fords. Wasn't it later Bunnell Buick & Opel? I recall in the early 1980s it was home to the Willimantic Institute of Hairdressing. The hair school later went to Bridge St. and is now in Tyler Square. 

 

Posted By: VINCE CERRETO <vince123@prodigy.net>
Date: Friday, 2 March 2001, at 7:59 p.m.

In Response To: Re: Willi car dealerships (William Brainard)

THERE WAS ALSO A DODGE DEALER AROUND 1945 WHERE BENNYS HAS ITS STORE 

 

Posted By: Dick Simmons <Dsimmons@neca.com>
Date: Friday, 2 March 2001, at 8:12 p.m.

In Response To: Re: Willi car dealerships (VINCE CERRETO)

The Dodge dealer was Jordan Auto and was in the same building where Benny's is now. The Buick dealer on Bank St. was Roy Motors.Arthur Roy was the owner and moved to the building that houses The Ridges. This later became Bunnel Buick.I believe it was Leonard Motors before Roy Motors, but I'm not quite sure. 

 

Posted By: RD <lancva@crosslink.net>
Date: Saturday, 3 March 2001, at 8:48 a.m.

In Response To: Re: Willi car dealerships (Dick Simmons)

The cars of the 50's and early 60's were far more interesting than today's styles--they all have that jellybean look. In the mid 50's GM's cars had a distinctive style from Ford, Chrysler. Chrysler had Dodge,Plymouth, and DeSoto and of course various models of Chrysler. Also, around 55 or 56 the auto makers designed 3 color/tone styling. Lots of chrome--real bumpers! In 57 there was the Plymouth Fury; Ford had the Crown Victoria with the chrome band over the rood; Mercury had the sun-valley with the tinted plexi-glass roof. These were all hot two-door hardtop models. Hudson also made a great car and Packard! Willi also had a Studebaker dealer but don't remember it was. Don't forget Burt Davis(?) and his Harley dealership! 

 

Posted By: al
Date: Saturday, 3 March 2001, at 11:03 p.m.

In Response To: Re: Willi car dealerships (RD)

ok now....

my 2 cents....

on jordan auto where benny's is....

in 1958 my mom bought a dodge 4-dr royal lancer hard top ($4,000) from the dealer then known as young motors (salesman was dick young). what a bomb that was...all deluxe, push-button trans, etc. ...i used to drive her up spring hill in mansfield at 80!!...even after a six pak. car had great motorola radio am/fm -- we would listen to dj out of ny--1010 WINS--named alan freed who took dedications on phone for our rock n roll picks.

those were the days...eat your hearts out kids!!

al

 

Posted By: Sandi(Bailey)Merrill <sjmerrill@webtv.net>
Date: Sunday, 4 March 2001, at 8:27 a.m.

In Response To: Re: Willi car dealerships (al)

Burt Ives owned the Harley Dealership. It so much fun reading these messages. 

 

Posted By: RD <lancva@crosslink.net>
Date: Sunday, 4 March 2001, at 11:40 a.m.

In Response To: Re: Willi car dealerships (Sandi(Bailey)Merrill)

Last car I bought in Willi was in early 1966. It was a 1963 Ford Galaxy 500 covertible, black, red interior, white top, white walls, etc, -- $1600! It had 15,000 miles on it. Great car! 

 

Posted By: Ernie <egesner@aol.com>
Date: Monday, 5 March 2001, at 10:12 a.m.

In Response To: Re: Willi car dealerships (RD)

There was a Kaiser=Fraser dealer on West Main St that was operated at a service station in the late 40s and early 50s and there and I think there was a Hudson dealer in the same area in the early 50s. My aunt bought a new Hudson Jet in 1953 and I got to drive it a few times. It was one of the first compact cars and it could go pretty fast. 

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Posted By: Armand <bokay@neca.com>
Date: Friday, 16 March 2001, at 9:38 a.m.

In Response To: Re: Willi car dealerships (Dick Simmons)

Hi Dick, You may br right but I have a photo post card of the Thread City Garage that was taken around 1910 and the back of the card says it is behind the hotel. As the Nathan hale was built in 1925 it was not in existence at that time. So that leaves the Hotel Hooker and behind that was Roy Motors as I remember it. Maybe I am wrong but ....??? 

 

Posted By: Dick Simmons <Dsimmons@neca.com>
Date: Friday, 16 March 2001, at 5:26 p.m.

In Response To: Re: Willi car dealerships (Armand)

Can't argue with that. Roy Motors was on Bank St.MMy Dad worked there for a short time after he retired.I still remember a garage behind the Hale tho. Maybe someone out there can clear it up on that one. There was also a dealer that sold amphibious cars on Main ST. There is a laundromart there now. It's almost across from the Royal Buffet.The owner might have been George Weeks?? this I'm not sure of. 

 

Posted By: Armand <bokay@neca.com>
Date: Friday, 16 March 2001, at 5:31 p.m.

In Response To: Re: Willi car dealerships (Dick Simmons)

The post card is hand written "hehind hotel" which could have been any time after the post card was made. It could have been behind the Nathan Hale because the building shape looks the same...I will send you a scan of the PC... 

 

Posted By: al
Date: Saturday, 17 March 2001, at 10:21 a.m.

In Response To: Re: Willi car dealerships (Dick Simmons)

okay you guys.....maybe i can add to this.

i was a 'pearl diver' (nathan hale dishwasher) at the hotel when i was whs in 50s. there was a garage behind hotel -- but it was part of hotel and used for parking and also a guy named romeo st. germaine ran a car wash out of there ($1 for the whole car, wheels and all). the back of the hotel fronted meadow st -- as you all know -- and there was a leonard motors right across that you could see at the back of the hale parking lot. someone try and figure out what was on the corner of bank and meadow where the police station is and maybe that will give you a clue. seems to me there was some kind of small business right opp. leonard motors -- was it a plumbing shop??

maybe someone could go to the willi library and check the Willi city directories...they are all in there from 50s and so forth. each address and occupant is given.

let's unravel this mystery. ok time for some donuts....outta here.

PS -- the nathan hale canned me when i stripped the silverware when i put it in the dishwasher...used the wrong cleaner. boy was i disgraced..the shame of it all. everyone knew in town and snubbed me.

al 

 

Posted By: Rick Simmons <gsimmons2@earthlink.net>
Date: Sunday, 25 March 2001, at 4:31 p.m.

In Response To: Re: Willi car dealerships (VINCE CERRETO)

On page 83 of "Mills and Meadows" is a photograph of a Buick and Overland(which later became Pontiac)dealer taken in 1910.It belonged to Ernest P.Chesbro.It doesn't say where it was located but over the front of the building on both sides is the number 1029.Under the assumption that Main St is the only street in the city that the numbers go that high it would be the present day location of Benny's. 

 

Posted By: Armand <bokay@neca.com>
Date: Wednesday, 14 March 2001, at 3:34 p.m.

In Response To: Re: Willi car dealerships (Ada Kerachsky Albright)

The Buick dealer across from the old fire house on Bank St. was Roy Motors... 

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Posted By: amccarthy
Date: Wednesday, 23 May 2001, at 8:22 a.m.

In Response To: Re: Willi car dealerships (Ernie)

Was it Bousa Chevrolet? there was a salesman named Mattie Mattison who led a band that was very popular locally-my father always went looking for Mattie when he wanted to buy a new car!