Photo Friday (22nd)

Recently I came across a picture of a particular family business. The following week, I happened upon a newspaper article that talked about that business. The business had belonged to my granduncle Edmund (Ed) Joseph Peltier (I wrote about him a few years ago); he is one of my Grandma Ellen (Peltier) Vadnais’ brothers. After World War I he lived in White Bear Lake on Division Avenue and worked as a mechanic. I knew he eventually ran his own garage, but I had not found anything on it. I don’t know when he opened the garage, but according to the 1937 newspaper article “the garage has been closed since Mr. Peltier was incapacitated last spring,” so it would have closed in the spring of 1936.

Even thought the 1937 Ford Tudor police car fills the view, what caught my eye was the building above the roof line of the car, and the signs on it. The main sign reads “Mobilgas, Peltier Autos, Repairing, Storage.” The picture was taken on Clark Avenue in White Bear Lake. The garage was located on the west side of Clark Avenue just north of the Christian Science Church.
Courtesy of the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society
Story about Edmund “Ed” Peltier’s garage in the 1937 White Bear Press

The following 2 pictures are from a trip to the redwood forest taken by Adlore and Ellen Vadnais along with Ellen’s sister and brother-law, Vina and Howard Bloom.

Shown left to right: Howard Bloom, Vina Bloom and Ellen Vadnais
Shown left to right: Ellen Vadnais, Vina Bloom and Adlore Vadnais

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