Here's a really nice photo of Bodnar's Service Station back in the 40's when a gallon of gas could be had for a bit more than a dollar a gallon. I will need an old timer familiar with this establishment to tell me if this was the place at the intersection which is today an open parking lot, or the site of the used car dealer who currently occupies the southeast corner.
HI TOM....MY SISTER LAW WAS MARRIED TO JOE BODNAR IN THE 40'S AND
SHORTLY AFTER JOE PASSED AWAY. I BELIEVE THE PROPERTY IS NOW USED AS A
CAR LOT. BODNARS WAS VERY ACTIVE AS A SERVICE STATION AND AN OUTLET FOR
RETREAD TIRES IN CHAMBERSBURG. REGARDS.
Steve Bodnar was a friend of mine for many, many years. While he
operated this station, I owned the property diagnolly across the St.
which once housed a apartment building that burned down to the ground.
This was across the ally from the "Alexander Marval Slaughterhouse which
I owned at the same time. On the other corners was the "Treasure Chest"
bar/go go joint. and the fourth corner had a store front on it that
back into the J.A. Roebling storage yard. A infamous piece of history
is associated with the car lot that operated on this site after Steve
Bodnar's passing. It was at this car lot that John Muhammed Malvo
purchased the former police Car which he outfitted to kill, and maime
those poor people as the "DC Sniper"
He was convicted in Chesapeake VA, and executed a few years ago.
During this era the bar was Gliba's, way before it
became the Treasure Chest. The place was one of the neighborhood bars
frequented by Roebling workers. Gliba's was frequented by Hungarians.
three brothers that ran the gas station were Frankie, Johnnie and Joe
Bodnar. Margie Bodnar, married to Joe, were dear friends, and they lived
up the block from us, maybe next to Joe Kovach's Mercer Confectionary
(until 1956, we lived at 809 S. Clinton, and moved to 811 in 1957).
back to the gas station. This image was taken just after Bodnar's built
the three car bay and before the new gas pumps that allowed cars to be
filled on both sides of the island at the same time.
two bays had hydraulic lifts where Johnie and Frankie did mechanic work,
wheel alignment and brake work. I learned how to hone corroded brake
drums on my 57 Chevy from Frankie in the second bay.
bay housed a car wash machine, that was 90% manual. Willie, and African
American gentleman, ran that bay. He used the machine to wash cars, and
he moved them outside to give them an incredible Simonize job. Us kids
were always welcome at teh station, where were underfoot in most other
I truly miss all involved. They were all gentlemen.
Yes, Bill I remember Gliba's as I walked past it on the way to visit
Female classmates from Jr.4 in the Burg.I like most oldsters mispoke and
said Steve, when I met Frankie Bodnar, with that slicked back blond
hair, and always neatly dressed be it on the dance floor or in the