In researching the last two blog postings on the Kosnik and Sunderlage gas stations, it was impossible not to notice the other stations that were in the area. Like the homes that seemingly sprang up out of the ground, gas stations did the same. It makes sense, though, when you consider that all of these homes were developed in an area that was fairly remote and distant–in a suburban sense–from other town centers. Thus the need for a gas station nearby.
While perusing a 1959 phone book that we own, I looked under the category “Automobile Service Stations” in the yellow pages. Amazingly enough there were six located in Schaumburg Township. As you can imagine, most were clustered in the Higgins/Golf/Roselle Road triangle.
- Bud & Bob’s Pure Service Station, according to reader Jon Guiney, was on the northwest corner at Higgins and Roselle in Hoffman Estates. Their ad said they were open every day of the week and offered the following services: road service, towing, mechanical repairs, free pick up and delivery, brake service and generator and starter service.
- Kosnik’s Service Station on Higgins Road at Golf. You can read their story here.
- Luck’s Cities Service at Golf and Roselle Road on the SE side of the intersection in the Hoffman Estates Plaza. Myron Luck and his brother built the station around 1957 according to Myron’s daughter Cynthia. They offered road service, tune ups, ignition, clutch and brake repair.
- R & W Sinclair Service at Roselle and Golf Roads in Hoffman Estates. They offered free pickup and delivery, road service, washing, minor repairs, tune ups and brake service. According to their ad, R & W stood for Ron and Wayne.
- Edward Sunderlage [station] at Higgins and Golf Roads. They were an authorized Sinclair dealer and were opened every day of the year. They did lube jobs and sold accessories and honored credit cards. You can read their story here.
- Tony’s Sinclair Service at Higgins and Golf Roads. that was a full service station. They offered road service and towing, motor tune up, major auto repairs, lube jobs, accessories, batteries, pick up and delivery, and automatic transmission service. They also had 3 service trucks that did the towing and pick up and delivery.
After looking this list over, I have a few questions and comments for the readers:
- I find it remarkable that there were three stations at the intersection of Higgins and Golf: Kosnik’s, Sunderlage and Tony’s. Each station clearly had their own specialties and a loyal clientele.
- Which brings us to another point… Tony’s and Sunderlage’s were directly across the street from one another and they were both Sinclair stations! Plus, there was another one at Roselle and Golf. Clearly, this was a popular brand of the time.
- Being unfamiliar with Cities Service, I quickly discovered that this was the precursor to Citgo. Do you remember other Cities Service stations in the area?
- Does anyone recall which corner Bud & Bob’s, Luck’s and R&W’s were on?
Feel free to add any other early gas stations of Schaumburg Township. There were some in the Golf/Roselle/Higgins triangle that came later. I’m also fairly certain there were others around Meacham Road. Your clues will help!
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