Business  in 1931—Automobile Service Stations

The Oxford County Citizen, Special Edition, August 3, 1931

Bethel Maine History  - The Bethel Journals



Edward N. Robertson, Prop.

Mr. Edward N. Robertson was born in Bethel in 1863, the son of Moses and Sarah (Stowell) Robertson. His education was received in the common schools and at Gould Academy.

In 1883, Mr. Robertson married Miss Cora Buck and they have three sons: Frank O., associated with his father; Fred H., agent for the Gulf Refining Co., of New York; and Percy L., foreman in Scoville Mfg. Co. at Waterbury, Conn.

Mr. Robertson worked for six years with the late Mel Freeman of this town and became a first class house and carriage painter.

He entered the employ of the Grand Trunk Railroad as brakeman and after six years was promoted to conductor, a responsible position he held for 33 years. He retired in 1929.

Four years ago he built the service station pictured below opposite the C.N. R. Station and it is a service station in every sense of the word. First class service, greasing, oiling and washing cars is here done promptly and well. Mr. Robertson has an enviable record of square dealing.

With his wife he occupies a nice home in a well kept garden on Paradise Street.



Robertson Service Station—1931

Railroad Street, Bethel


Mr. J. B. Chapman was born in Newry, Maine July 23, 1890 the son of Virgil and Elizabeth (Smith) Chapman. He was educated in the public schools of Newry.

Mr. Chapman is a machinist of experience and for six years was employed in the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard as ship fitter.

In 1925 he married Miss Eva Eames and they have one daughter, Mary Lou.

Eight years ago (1923) Mr. Chapman purchased the Central Service Station on Main Street and has since done a steadily increasing business. This season he has opened the Central Filling Station on Railroad Street in addition and this place with a lunch room adjoining is rapidly making friends. At both places a complete line of Goodyear tires, tubes and accessories, gas and oil is carried. Washing and greasing is done promptly.

Mr. Chapman has a summer camp in Newry where he goes with his family for recreation on the rate occasions when his business will “let him off for a day”.

Mr. Chapman is a member of Bethel Lodge F & AM.



Central Service Station

J.B. Chapman

Main Street, Bethel in 1931

Central Filling Station and lunch room

J.B. Chapman

Railroad Street, Bethel in 1931