Downtown Getty: Rockin’ and rollin’ in the 1950s

“My dad Jimmie Hutchison leased the Humble station at the corner of North Getty and Nopal in the mid-40s and operated it until he built his own station on East Main in the early ’60s. My mother, known as Dubba, was the bookkeeper, and every day she would send me to the First State Bank on the square with the day’s receipts. I wasn’t even 10 years old at the time, but I had a feeling that she called ahead to let them know I was coming.”

Sharon Hutchison Pirkle fondly remembers those early days in downtown Uvalde.

Quin McWhirter, retired executive from Houston Lighting and Power, recalls his high school days when he worked for Hutchison and reflects on how that experience has dominated his process of doing business. “Mr. Hutchison taught me all about customer service, and I soaked up everything he had to offer.”

Virginia Wood Davis adds, “Nearly everyone traded at Jimmie Hutchison’s station. He really gave good service. A number of years ago, North Getty was being redone and they dug up an underground gasoline storage tank belonging to the station.”


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