Power House Texaco & Shimm's Garage
Artist: James Geddes

This is an artist print with  either a 16x20 or 12x16 black matting.
Matting is removable if you desire another color.

5x7 prints, magnets and ornaments share this design

5x7 Prints, Magnets and Ornaments 12 x16  and 9x12 prints mounted and matted
Choice of Sizes

Power House Texaco & Store

In November of 1945 Harry Spencer and Claude “Shorty” House
opened the Power House Store and Texaco Service Station. Alongside
" that business, John Howard Schimmelman opened his garage. Maurice
“Butch” Schimmelman is one of John’s sons and provided me with a lot
of this information and the reference photos to create the sketch of Power House Texaco. 

Johnny Schimmelman left the mid-west and moved by himself to California at the age of 16. 
He mined for gold, ran a sawmill, cut firewood during the depression and
 worked as a mechanic in and around Auburn at such businesses as Carveth Motors,
Reeves and a couple others.  It was said that he even did some work on building the Earl Crabbe Gym. 
Johnny later became what Chrysler designated as a “Master Mechanic” and fin
ished his career in Roseville at Diener Motors.  He passed away in 1977 at the age of 66 years.   

Harry Spencer later took a job at the auburn recreation park and was
instrumental in the maintenance of the park in the late 1940s and early 1950’s before passing "
away in 1955. The Recreation Park had a fountain built in front of the skating rink/gym in his honor. 

Shorty worked at DeWitt and at the county hospital in Auburn. The man standing at "
the gas station is Shorty with little Jack Schimmelman, Johnny Schimmelman is standing in front
of the garage with Maurice “Butch” Schimmelman. 

James Geddes