Tuesday, May 3, 2016

LOOKING BACK: Dorchester's Main Street 55 Years Ago

It's 1961.  Your car needs an oil change or a mechanical fix. What do you do? 

Well, 55 years ago, you had several options in Dorchester.  You could take your car to the new Farmers Co-op service station, or to one of two garages in town -- Sehnert's Ford Dealership and Garage or Joe Wagner's Mobil Filling Station and Garage across the street.

Derek Filipi of Wilber -- Joe's grandson -- sent us this were photograph through our Dorchester Times Facebook account. (Click on the photo for a better view.)

Wagner's filling station and garage operated at the present site of Barley's Specialties.  

The building that housed Joe Wagner's business was later sold to the Danielson family. During the 1980s, it was briefly home to Zabka's Phillips 66 station and convenience store.

In the 1950s, it was Arnold's Mobil, as longtime resident Arnold Bobolz owned it for several years.


  1. I also remember when Ron Divoky ran it,RIP Ron

  2. That picture shows a nice cleaned up place. Now there is alot of junk parked there, hard to tell what it is, a place to get your car worked on or a junk yard. I thought there was a village rule on amount of junk at a place?

  3. In the 50's it was Arnolds Mobil. Arnold Bobolz owned it for several years.


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