Saturday, July 23, 2011

Would the REAL Johnny's Texaco please stand up.....with further additions and a new tidbit...

 Even at Hot Rods and Jalopies mistakes can happen, but only if the information given is incorrect.  Well, here we have an example.  In this following post it was stated that this first photo was Barry Ketterings service station later to become Johnny Zatti's station on May Street in Fort William(you Thunder Bay).
click here then come back -     It  was Barry Kettering's Station back in '61, but it was actually in Rice Lake Wisconsin where Barry had initially moved.  This current updated information is thanks to the sharp investigation by my friend Al Yahn and backed up by Don Zatti and his aunt Rene Kettering(Barry's Wife).  The next photo taken from a 1960's CLE racing program is the real Johnny's Texaco that was on May Street in Fort William.  I hope this clarifies any questions about the original photo :-) ...that is a sideways smile.  Thanks Al, Don and Rene.

The Real Johnny's Texaco 520 N. May Street Fort William

Here is a nice photo of the actual Club 17 Tavern from an old post card submitted by Jim Jorgenson awhile back and was misplaced, but found and added to this post.  The small picture here is how the property looks now at the corner of Valhalla Inn Drive and Arthur Street.  The original post can be found at this link.  Click here then come back

One more addition to this post also submitted by Jim Jorgenson is the original Double G Pizza place.  The photo is from the late 1950s and was located at 470 High Street in Port Arthur at the intersection of Memorial Ave and High Street.  They had the best Pizza's in town.  The Double G building later burned to the ground.  The structure next door to the Double G was Pang's Chinese Restaurant as noted in a 1962 local phone book, later, an Italian Restaurant and the final number of years ended up as a strip bar with the last name being "Private I's Show Bar".  The Double G building used to be located next to the current A&W Restaurant on Memorial Ave.  The Pang's/Strip bar building was next door to the north and was torn down this past year and is now an empty lot.  Double G was the Pizza of choice for many years even when they moved to their later locations at 143 E. Frederica Street in Fort William and on 285 Bay Street in Port Arthur(as noted in a 1962 phone book).  Now, there are 2 empty lots at the address.  Thanks to Al Pomanti and Bill Exell for the corrections here! 
This is how the Pangs/Private I's building looked shortly before it was demolished.

Thanks to Jim Jorgenson for copies of the advertising post cards of Club 17 and Double G.
Be sure to click on all photos once and twice for x-large!

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