GARAGES AND AUTO STAGES

Survey number:      Owner:      Date of discovery:

GENE CARLTON –

The Bakersfield Californian reported in May of 1916 that Gene Carlton had sold his cafe in Atolia to Mr. and Mrs. Al Burke and was now engaged in the automobile business with a garage and machine shop.

ED CARY

Ed Cary established a garage in Atolia in the spring of 1916 during the boom caused by World War I.

INDEPENDENT STAGE COMPANY

The Bakersfield Californian reported in May of 1916 that during the incorporation meeting of Atolia, the Independent Stage Company that operated from Atolia to Mojave was endorsed with its petition to the Post Office Department for two mails deliveries a day by auto.

JEOL & FITZGERALD – WAWNONA GARAGE

LOU SKEELS GARAGE

This advertisement appeared in the May 13, 1916 edition of The Atolia News. Lou along with the Illingworth & Dunnell store installed an automatic gasoline pump at his establishment.  Gasoline pumps were a novelty being something new.  Prior to the pump all gasoline was sold by the five-gallon can. But like so many other business men in the boomtowns by 1918 no mention of him is found in the Great Register of Voters nor is he advertising in the Red Cross Newspaper.

ALLEN & COMPANY

March 20, 1916: “Atolia is to have a new garage shortly.  It is to be erected by Allen & Company, and will be situated on the townsite.  Machinery and supplies are being brought in from Los Angeles.” –Bakersfield Californian

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