Winter 2001-2002. Copyright Mike engle
105 Depot St.
Purpose of page
This page was started in order to celebrate the history of a very old and worthy dining car (diner). I, Michael Engle have assembled this page to help people realize the importance of this diner culturally and archetecturally.
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|General History (Wellington)
dining car(diner) came to town around the end of June in
It is unknown where it came from, but since the Wellington newspaper
that it received a fresh coat of paint just a month after arriving in
we can assume it was a used dining car. The first
Frank Andrews. Sometime around late 1929 Mr. Andrews sold it
Barbor. Mr Barbor ran the dining car for ?????
Ensign later took over the diner and renamed it Carl's Diner.
names were Hazel's Diner and the Village Diner. Today it is
Cecil's Trackside Diner. The diner is owned by ??? and is
out to Sandra Aden.
If you check out this link - Diner Manufacturers in the Great Lakes Region - you will see a list of manufacturers. Even though this diner came to town in June of 1927, evidence seems to support the dining car being a used diner. Meaning it came from another location, to Wellington. Thusly, its original age is in question. One person has told me they remember heaing 1921. With the all wood interior construction, I would say anywhere from 1924 to 1927 is a plausable answer. Recently, though, we have come across information that affirms that the diner was built by the Goodell Dining Car company. Which would place the date of the diner to, most likely, 1926-7.
Here are some
pictures of how the diner used to
look. These were taken without permission.
Newspaper Articles : all articles are from the Wellington Enterprise, which was a semi weekly newspaper during the time of these articles.
June 23, 1927 - TALK DINING CAR AT GAS STATION
July 7, 1927 - Advertisement
July 14, 1927 - Night Man at Diner - Perry Knapp is night man at the dining car which Frank Andrews operates. at the L.G. Bradstock filling station, West Main St. Frank is the day time cook.
July 18, 1927 - The dining car looks nice since it was freshly painted, had flower boxes added as exterior improvements and gaily stripped awning hung.
July 28, 1927 - Perry Knapp resigns and goes back to market. L.E. Predmore who works a night trick at a telegraph key, will cook from 12 midnight to 6am, adding new duties to his present one.
July 12, 1928 - Andrews buys back hotel, will continue to run dining car which he purchased after he sold hotel.
December 6, 1928 - W.F. Overturf has taken the place of Carl Ensign as night man at Andrews Dining Car.
April 14, 1930 - STICK-UP MEN GET $30 HERE
- EMPTY REGISTER AT
BARBOR DINING CAR; PAIR WORK IN SILENCE.
Personal Recollections :
The MYSTERY Dining Car :
March 11, 1929 - DINING CAR COMING FOR CAMP GROUNDS