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.
Schimmelman left the mid-west and moved by himself to California at the age
He mined for gold, ran a sawmill, cut firewood during the
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.
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.
later took a job at the auburn recreation park and was
the maintenance of the park in the late 1940s and early 1950’s before
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 "
gas station is Shorty with little Jack Schimmelman, Johnny Schimmelman is
standing in front
of the garage with Maurice “Butch” Schimmelman.