Service With A Smile

Fran Riley Feature - Service With A Smile - Classic Gas Station
Fran Riley Feature - Service With A Smile - Classic Gas Station

COLUMBUS CITY, Iowa (KWQC) – Around Columbus Junction, seems like most folks know George Bell. Stop by Philadelphia Street in nearby Columbus City, and you’ll find his classic 1950’s gasoline station.

Bell operated a tow truck business and service station for decades in Louisa County. He has gasoline pumps with brass nozzles. They are in mint condition.

A Texaco sign hangs on the side of the building. Walk inside and you’ll find dozens of oil cans and some gas pump globes. The cash register is authentic. A garage is a prime place for his display of vintage license plates.

Bell started pumping gas when he was a teen. At that time, a gallon of gasoline cost about thirty cents. He still feels at ease under the hood of his 1922 Studebaker. He also owns a Model A Roadster and a 1955 Chevy.

Seventy six year old George Bell will soon put the items on the auction block. The items go up for bid on July 1st. The Steffes Group from Mount Pleasant will conduct the auction. It begins at 10am in Columbus City.

George has no regrets. Bell says there was never a dull moment at the gas station! That’s service with a smile!

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