Vol.2..Norwegian Farmer’s Son..May 19th

May 19th……..“TELL US ABOUT ONE OF THE MANY SERVICE STATIONS WHERE GREAT GRANDPA RUSSELL PURCHASED GAS FOR HIS VEHICLES IN YOUR KIESTER DAYS”.

POEM – “That Dear Man Stu, He Flew” by N. Elliott Noorlun

At the intersection, Of “State” and “22”,

Across from the old Creamery,

There worked a man, In uniform green,

By the nickname of “Stu”, ya see?

As Dad drove up, And across the hose,

Activating Texaco service bell,

Out would trot, Proprietor Stu,

And made us all happy n well.

This is a customer “Thank You” postcard from 1954, the year Elliott was born. Cool, ya? 😉

With service cap, And uniform green,

As a little boy I thought,

That Stu was still in the Army,

Carrying out what he was taught!!

Kiester High School graduate, Rodney Fure, stands next to Stu Soma as part of his service crew in this 1959 -1960 photo from the Kiester High School “Rambler” yearbook.

In snow or sun, There was still lots of fun,

By the twinkle in Stu’s happy eye,

That made our Dad laugh, At each fun gaff,

He shared with that Texaco guy!

The famous Ed Wynn brought laughter to millions on his radio show in the 1930’s and beyond while he also promoted Texaco gas and products. 😉

For over the years, The Texaco brand,

Had earned a happy brand name,

Among America’s motorists,

By Hollywood funny man’s fame.

Ever charismatic, Our business man host,

Was savvy to try something new,

So “Phillips 66” arose from the ground,

And was birthed by our good friend named, Stu.

The adventures of life, Called Stu and his wife,

To Colorado, The mountains and beyond,

But I’ll always remember, His glowing smile ember,

That made memories of him be so fond!!! 😉

A nostalgic Texaco advertisement before the days when Alaska and Hawaii were added to America’s “family” of new States.

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