HAMPSHIRE — Instead of providing fuel for vehicles, a easy Hampshire Oil Company, 106 South State Street, now repairs, restores and sells antique gas pumps, gas signs, gas globes, oil cans and other automotive equipment from days left by.
The business is co-owned by Hampshire integrate Randy and Linda Ross. Randy, who has lived in Hampshire all of his life, pronounced he has been a gourmet for a past 30 years.
“My mother and we started using it as a business 8 years ago,” Ross said. “We now have a place in downtown Hampshire to arrangement and sell items. We sell around 75 gas pumps a year. Half of a equipment are shipped opposite a United States. The other half are sole abroad in countries such as Australia, Thailand, Switzerland and Holland.”
Randy and Linda have 3 grown children. Their daughter, Ashley, lives in Colorado. Their sons, David and Randy, have been assisting to revive a building. David, who lives in Sycamore, tuckpointed a whole building. His brother, Randy, who lives in Elgin, embellished it inside and out.
Rick Bendi of West Dundee embellished a letters on a building. Electrician Mike Moeller of Elgin rewired a whole facility. Joe “Captain America” Filek of Hampshire does portrayal for Hampshire Oil Company.
“We wish to redo a driveway,” Ross said. “We might also have to implement a new roof.”
Ross pronounced that a business is located on a former site of a Commercial Hotel, that was built in 1875. The hotel was ripped down in a 1920s and transposed with a gasoline station.
“In a 1920s, it was famous as Champion Regular gas station,” Ross said. “When Mobil bought out Wadhams in a 1930s, it was famous as a Mobil Wadhams station.”
The building managed to shun a outrageous Hampshire glow of 1929 that broken 9 businesses in a village’s downtown area.
Ross pronounced that a glow burnt during a stream site of Raymond Witaske’s law office, 124 South State Street, and widespread south. The dull lot subsequent to a gas hire helped to keep a glow from reaching a station.
Ross removed that there was a bucket brigade to assistance put out a 1929 fire. He remembered that Hampshire schoolteacher Esther “Sammie” Samuelson helped to lift people out of church to join a brigade.
The approximately 3,000-square-foot Hampshire Oil Company building was famous as a Mobil hire until a 1960s.
The building was purchased by Maynard Petersen in a 1980s.
Maynard founded Petersen Propane Company in 1942 and grown preference store/gas stations in Hampshire, Burlington and Genoa. The company’s name after altered to Petersen Fuels. When Maynard died in 2011, a business was taken over by his son, Les, who still owns it today.
Randy and Linda bought a Hampshire Oil Company building from Les in 2013.
Inside a Hampshire Oil Company is a potion and timber cupboard that binds a fondle collection of Lyle Ross, Randy’s father. Lyle, a Hampshire proprietor who died during a age of 57, served during a Korean War.
“He was a member of a Northern Illinois Steam Power Club, that sponsors a annual Sycamore Steam Show and Threshing Bee. He easy aged tractors,” Ross said. “He also collected antique plantation toys and cars.”
For some-more information on Hampshire Oil Company, hit (847) 561-4110.