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General Store: 1943

General Store: 1943

        Two pumps, no waiting.

September 1943. "Gas station on the bus route between Columbus and Cincinnati." Photo by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

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Hamilton, Ohio

In 1940 there were two Eugene Disses living next door to each other in Hamilton, Ohio.

This could be Eugene Diss Sr., who in 1943 was a 67-year-old German immigrant with no occupation listed, or his son, who in 1940 was listed as a bartender.

In 1944 one of the Eugenes is listed as selling his "Blue Danube" restaurant in Foster's Crossing, Ohio.

Eugene Sr. died in July 1950, with his residence a;so listed as Foster's Crossing.

The Blue Danube still exists, and until 10 years ago or so - in the best Shorpy's tradition - was knows for its television watching, cigarette smoking monkey kept in a cage out front.

In earlier years it was called the Train Stop Inn, and now is the Monkey Inn.

Going by the census records, I'd venture the general store was very close by somewhere.

[So these are the same Eugenes mentioned in the previous comments below. Excellent detective work on the restaurant! - Dave]

A Little Bit of Diss

The 1930 Census shows two Eugene Disses, father and son, in unincorporated Fosters, Warren County, as proprietor (Senior) and salesman (Junior) at a family owned store. There appears to be nothing left in Fosters, along the Little Miami River and the formerly very busy "Old 3C Highway," named for the cities Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati, resembling this building. But the rail tracks to the right in the old photo might place it at the intersection of that 3-C road and the former rail line, now a bike path, in Fosters. Maybe some other local history deep divers will find more.

The Ohio Disses

According to the 1940 Census, Eugene Diss was born about 1876 in Germany. Home in 1940: Warren, County, Ohio. Daughter: Minnie Diss.

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