Harlan Goode’s Texaco Station – 1930ish-1980ish

The Original ‘Harlan Goode Texaco Station’  (Husband helped me create a miniature version of the station, check out the miniature section.)

My grandparents who raised me, Harlan and Inez Goode, owned and operated this Texaco service station on Singleton Blvd. in West Dallas for almost 50 years.

Harlan Goode’s Texaco Station, circa 1930’s, gasoline cost $.19 a gallon.  My grandaddy in his snappy uniform, note the rakishly tilted cap.  The car appears to be an early 30’s model Ford V-8.  If this was their car or just someone getting service I don’t know.  They did tell stories that Bonnie and Clyde Barrow did stop there for gas a couple of times.    

circa 1930's

circa 1930's

Remodeled Station, circa 1940’s.  

circa 1940

circa 1940

1950’s station, this is the look I remember. My grandmother is in the front (short like me) and I believe the others are Uncle Van & Aunt Mary and their daughter Molly, relatives of my grandaddy.  We had lots of wonderful Thanksgiving dinners at their house.

circa 1950

circa 1950

 Besides the service station, Grandmother did a brisk business inside with sandwiches made to order, cold drinks, chips and candy.  My favorite drink was a grape Nehi.  Most days I played at a small desk in the back, coloring, reading and drawing while they did business.

Harlan & Inez Goode w/ Lil Ellen Rae

Harlan & Inez Goode w/ Lil Ellen Rae

 Sometimes I came out from the back and helped out.  I always (note ALWAYS) had a huge bow in my hair.  I probably wasn’t a lot of help, but I was cute!

'Lil' Ellen Rae

'Lil' Ellen Rae fixing a tire

My grandparent did an incredible job raising me , and although they are in heaven I do hope they know just how very much I love them and how much I appreciate everything they did to give me the best life I could possibly have had growing up.

Love your family and take good care of them..Hugs..Ellen

Leave a Reply