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Jack Roach Ford moved to a new building on the SW Freeway sometime during the late 60's, possibly early 1970. I remember being fascinated by rooftop parking lot, with a drive ramp on the back side. The building is still there, now being occupied by Noel furniture.

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On 6/24/2018 at 10:58 PM, Rpearson said:

My husband is a great grandson of Raymond Pearson. We would love to see any pictures that you may have of his car dealership. 

 

Thank you,

Rachelle 

 

Found a couple dealer buildings and a sign.

 

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On 6/24/2018 at 10:58 PM, Rpearson said:

My husband is a great grandson of Raymond Pearson. We would love to see any pictures that you may have of his car dealership. 

 

Thank you,

Rachelle 

I graduated from High school in 1963, I went to school with a Ray Pearson, that was the son of Raymond Pearson, I think he went to work for one of  the dealerships because my husband bought a Mercury Cougar from him about 68 or 69.

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This is a photo of the Ivy Russell dealership Yale @ 11th street, this photo was taken in 1957 or early 1958 showcasing 1958 year model Fords.

 

Ok with this said I want to ask if anyone has any photos that shows this dealership a bit better?

 

I am working on planning a 1/25 scale model of this dealership and I will be taking some liberties with it for not knowing exactly what vehicles were on the lot at the time of mine was in '56.  But I would like to know more about the layout of the parking lot.  Such as where were the cars parked at?  Were there only cars or were trucks sold as well?  Things like that.

 

Aside from that I am also attaching photos taken in during the renovation.

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Ivy-Russell Motor Co Dealership Yale at 11th.jpg

Ivy-Russell Motor Co Dealership Yale at 11th 2.jpg

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17 hours ago, Michelle C said:

Rusty, I have that same photo. Its the only one I have ever seen of that particular store. There was no automotive repair work done there, it was only sales. The main store was downtown.

 

Really?  There was no service department for the location?  I wonder what was in the back then where there were no glass walls at then.  I figure the wall you can see to the right side that is aligned with the glass blocks above the awning I figured that might be sales offices but there is quite a bit of space on the left side past the blocks that couldn't be sales offices too could it?

 

I wouldn't know I contacted the Harris County archives to see if there were plans for the building as there had to have been plans drawn up for the remodeling after Henke and Pillot left cause the building was just a square block while they resided here and then when Ivy Russell took over it was this art deco style.  Sadly all Harris County archives could find was a land value ticket for 1969.  The woman that looked into it for me said the complete file unfortunally has become lost.  Really sucks for me because I don't know how the building was laid out internally let alone externally.

 

For me for my project if there was no service center at this location it was just sales well then that really hinders my project because plans I had made for the second half of the project would be pointless as it revolved around a service center.

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I'd love to see any of the old Mort Hall Ford (my Dad) pics, we don't have any good ones.  Here's an old ad from his first dealership in Waxahachie before we moved to Houston to take over the Jensen Drive store in 1967.

 

John Hall

jhall@jetav.com

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Regarding Osborne Apple on Richey Street in Pasadena, thinking the Hickman-Garrett Ford dealership on Clinton Drive in Galena Park became Garrett-Arthur Ford in late 1950's, and moved to a different building farther west down Clinton Drive and across the street, and eventually moved to South Richey Street, Pasadena, the name changed again, probably Osborne-Apple, maybe Mosehart-Keller in between?  I think Harry Arthur Jr graduated from Galena Park High School in 1962. There was a little old lady on Houston Street in Pasadena who told me she worked for this dealership in Galena Park for many, many years.  She may be gone now, but I may go by her old house and see if she might still be around and have some memories to share.  I bought a '73 Ford Courier from this place, in 1973, then A.C. Collins Ford, on South Richey Street.   Years later moved to the East Beltway, and are now Mac Haik Ford. 

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