Hayden’s Business Blog

This post for today can be an unusual blogpost for my blog. Normally I would write about a fresh business or a trip to a business, but that one is in fact around three old gas stations in Placerville that don’t even operate any more and haven’t for over 50 years. The reason why I am telling you about these gas stations is because I’ve businessmen from my children tree.

I visited one of those men, my great great uncle Harold Beaver, preferably known as “Red”, at his house in Placerville. He was the owner of three channels at three different times. I’ll offer you a background lesson about the gasoline stations. On Labor Day 1958, Uncle Red opened up his first place as the Mohawk Gas Station at Perks Corner near where the County Fleet Yard is today. When this place was opened by him, he was pumping 100 gallons of gas a day.

300 to make it work. This would appear to be a really good deal today. Uncle Harold’s father, David Beaver was a blacksmith and advertised in another of the neighborhood papers with Red’s station at Perk’s Corner as a point of reference for directions. Red’s son Ed Beaver remembers when Red worked at the gas train station, in 1959, “the circus came to town and the vehicles broke down and the elephants taken the trucks in the hill,” according to Ed.

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He ran that gas station until January 1st 1962. After that he opened up a gas station at the El Dorado Y where Mother Lode Dr and Pleasant Valley Road intersect. He opened up that gas station in March 1962 and ran it until 1970. My Grandma also remembers this gas station because her dad, Lee Beaver who was simply Red’s brother, proved helpful at Red’s gas place.

He shut the El Dorado Y station in 1970. My Aunt Susie Van Sant, who is my Grandma’s sister, remembers when these were building the new U.S. 50 and when the freeway was completed, Red’s shop would struggle and would have to close. Red still left the gas place business in 1972 and he sold 600 gallons a day and 42 cases of Pepsi a week when he remaining Flying A’s . I liked seeing Red Beaver and his boy Ed Beaver at Red’s house discussing his gasoline stations from days gone by. It had been definitely a good history lesson of our town’s past. MANY THANKS for reading my blogpost and I am hoping you loved it.

Don’t give your business card to people who use you. If you are that unmemorable you might need a professional trainer. Don’t give your business card to the people at a reception or networking function unless they ask for yours or your contact information. Don’t drop them in bowls for raffles as you will only be approached by someone trying to sell you something.

Don’t give them to others to hand-out for you. Don’t leave them on bulletin boards or in stacks from anywhere apart from your own desk – in support of then if you meet face-to-face with customers or clients. Don’t hand them out to anyone at a church service (cultural functions are acceptable) or at funerals.