The year was 1965. Charlie Roy was opening his Sinclair service station at Kingston Pike and State Route 56 on the east edge of Circleville. A gala grand opening included a two- day event featuring a sweet-corn jamboree. One dozen ears of sweet corn were given free with the purchase of eight gallons or more of Dino or Dino Supreme gasoline.
There were free gifts for the kiddies, free pony rides and a hootenanny from 7 to 9 p.m. each of the two days of the celebration.
Roy’s station provided many of the services no longer offered where we buy gas. It was a one stop gas shop and offered brakes, tune-ups, minor engine repair and tire changing. They even picked up and delivered your automobile for service.
Roy’s was a family operation, with Charlie and his sons running the station. It was a friendly place for the younger set to fill up, catch up with friends and get the local news. It was a place where credit was freely given to known customers. Gas prices allowed you to fill up without breaking the bank. The popular station closed in 1982.
Monday, May 20 Deborah Lowe Wright will present “Afro-Americans and Pickaway County at 7 p.m. at the Genealogy Library. Plan to attend.
Darlene Weaver is the director of the Historical & Genealogical Library