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Remember When: Smith Chevrolet

November 23, 2012 by Hubbard County Historical Museum Director

Smith Chevrolet 1914 (2)

Shortly after the turn of the century, Frank Houghton, a railroad engineer, came to Park Rapids to make his home and subsequently, to go into business.

Along about 1914, Mr Houghton, right, formed a partnership with M.E. Smith, the tall fellow in the doorway.  That partnership latest until Mr. Houghton’s death in 1932.

The little tire vulcanizing shop grew through the years to the present imposing structure that is Smith Chevrolet dealer in Chevrolet automobiles, distributor of Phillips 66 products and automotive repair shop.

“Milt” Smith, no less tall than when this picture was taken still heads the firm.

(Photo Courtesy Mrs. Madge Ressler)

2012 Update:

I am looking for photos of the old Chevy Garage..I believe it was on the North West corner of Main and Hwy 34 where Snyder Pharmacy is now located.

******Christmas Party:  Friday November 30 at 6PM at the Hilltop in Hubbard.  Everyone will order off the menu and pay for their own meals.  Bring a beautifully wrapped white elephant gift to exchange! RSVP by leaving a message on the answering machine at the museum 732 5237


1 Comment

  1. Info from David Town:
    Dick Smith, son of Dick Smith, whose grandfather started the Smith Garage lives in Park Rapids. When they sold the garage Rex Lindblom bought it.

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