Letter to the Editor:
Ref: Series on U.S. 30 by Jean Reid and Dorothy Reid.
I’m not sure when George Inman purchased the little cafe and gas station at N.E. corner of 13th Street and Harding, but it had to be prior to 1948 because he had been in business for a while when he leased the cafe to my parents, Joan and Chuck Marshall in August of 1948.
George continued in his Shell Gas Station. Mr. Morfeld owned the gas station and tourist cabins on the southwest corner.
Sometime (when they changed highway 30 again in 1952 or 53?) instead of turning onto 13th Street in Tama, 30 curved north the way it is now (or was ‘til last year) and Chuck and Joan rented the building belonging to Kenneth Bacon (grandfather of Ken Bacon Construction) west of King Tower.
They had a cafe in front and a private club in the rear until September, 1962 when Chuck passed away at 47 years old and Joan sold the buisness and moved to California.