Esso station in Micro recalls days now gone by

This gas station once stood at the main intersection of US 301 and Main Street in Micro during the 1930s.

By Keith Barnes

An old black and white photo hanging in Micro Town Hall often prompts customers paying their utility bills to ask when and where the photo was taken, Micro Town Clerk Kristy Thomas says.

Thomas said she was at a loss to give information about the photo until Town Commissioner Jay Langston explained about the photo.

Although the date cannot be pinned down exactly, the photo seems to have been taken during the mid 1930s.

Whatever the year, the station was owned at the time by James Henry Langston, grandfather of Commissioner Langston, and the one who owned the original photo of the station.

The vehicles in the photo in the station parking lot are models from that era and Micro Original Free Will Baptist Church can be seen in the background at the site where it still stands, said Langston.

A plaque inside the church vestibule shows that the building was remodeled in 1935 and the photo reflects these remodeled changes.

U.S. Highway 301, that runs in front of the station and is visible in the photo, consisted of dirt.

The identities of the people shown standing by the vehicles at the station are unknown.

Charles Warren, born in 1930 and an 88-year-old lifelong resident of Micro, said he recalls going to the station when he was just a young boy.

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