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18 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Former's ADVOCATE --- THURSDAY, JULY 14 i988 Western Auto Celebrating 50 Years Here decided to go back once again to being basically an auto parts store. Thus they have added considerably to this type of inventory and are now equipped to provide just about any automobile part for any' type of car to better serve the person who wants to make his own car repairs. But some lines of inventory which the store moved into some years back when it became "generally a diversified business, are gone. Such lines as toys, games, plumbing and electrical supplies, bousewares and even some lines of hardware have been discontinued to make room for a wider and more complete stock of auto parts. Still available, however, are a variety of bicycles, power equip- ment, sporting goods and hunting and fishing supplies. And as Bill Sen- seney puts it, while Western Auto is once again a center for auto parts just as it was 50 years ago when it fir- st opened its doors in Charles Town, today it offers a greater diversity of inventory. This marks the second time in the 50-year history of the business that major changes have taken place. The first was about 30 years ago, during the 1959-60 period when the two-story structure which the business oc- cupies, was constructed on the present site. And the entire building is being utilized for displaying a wide variety of merchandise and for warehousing space. While the local history of Western Auto dates back only to July 23, 1938, for James E. (Jim) Senseney, it all began some 71 years ago near the town of Manassas, Va., where he was born and educated. After graduation from high school Jim spent some time working in Washington, D.C., and even after he and Morris Polen came to Charles Expanded store hours as well as substantial savings and gifts will mark the 50th anniversary of the Western Auto Store here today, Friday and Saturday at its 120 West Washington Street location. The gala celebration will feature free balloons for the kids as well as key rings, product samples and cake and soft drinks today, plus a remote broadcast live by the local radio station from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cake may not last the weekend, but the values certainly will, according to James E. (Jim) Senseney and his two sons, Bill and James, who share in the business operation. Sale prices have been placed on much of the merchandise at the local Western Auto, with some savings of up to 50 percent on selected items, In addition, new store hours have been placed in effect to allow customers and well-wishers the op- portunity to stop by at a more leisurely pace. Monday through Friday, Western Auto salespeople will be at the store from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., which is an ex- tension of the Store's operation by two hours. Friday hours are 8 a.m. to - 8 p.m. and Saturday, personnel will be on hand from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to meet your needs. It was a half-century ago that Jim Senseney came to Charles Town frbm Manassas, Va., and purchased the Western Auto. The business was located in the storeroom formerly occupied by Brown's Jewelry Store and covered an area of about 16 by 50 feet. Not only has the interior of the- Western Auto store undergone quite a change, some of the inventory lines are also new and different. For instance the Senseneys Town in July 1938 and opened the auto parts store, he continued to work for a time in the metropolitan area. It was while he was working in Washington that Jim was able to save enough money which, together with a loan his father endorsed, made it possible for him to purchase the small Western Auto Store, then located in a storeroom formerly oc- cupied by Brown's Jewelry store. The original storeroom was small, only about 16 by 50 feet. The local Western Auto store holds the distinction of being the only store having operated from the same location for 50 years, and Mr. Sen- seney holds the distinction of being the only person connected with the Western Auto business to have been in business for nearly a half century. Although Mr. Senseney retired from the business operations in April 1983, turning it over to his two sons, he has not completely given up his in- terest in the establishment. The business is still listed as J.E. Sen- seney and Sons, Inc. 1 rt i RIPPON Employee Morris Polen, who later went to work at a store in Winchester, is shown in the fuUy-stocked , showroom of Western Auto Mrs. Austin Nicodemus Dial 725-9098 Pfc. Roy Shillingburg arrived home to spend time with his mother Susan Hefflin, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Shillingburg. Doris and Roy Dodson, Shepherd- town, and Jimmy Jenkins, Kathy, David and Daniel, Stephens City, Va., were Friday visitors of Mr. and Mrs. James Jenkins and family. ,The Nichols reunion will be held on SUnday at Surandra Park, Stephens City, Va. - Mr. and Mrs. Sonny Poston were Ju- 4th guests of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Colbert, Bluemont, Va. Mr. and Mrs. Donald Lee Richards, Angle and Donna, Mr. and Mrs. James Ricbards, Sr., Mr. and Mrs. Joe Richards, Brian and Lee, Mr. and Mrs. Dicky Farmer, Lisa, Becky and Tony, Charles Richards, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gaits and Tina, spent Thurs- day at Hershey Park sightseeing and uring. " Mr. and Mrs. Sonny Poston were Wednesday visitors of Mrs. Frances James, Pine Grove, Va. Russell and Shirley Smith, Ber- ryville, Va., were Sunday visitors of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Costigan. Shirley had the misfortune of falling While riding her bicycle and breaking her right arm in two places. She will have a cast on her arm for six weeks. Grace Harris, mother of Roy Harris, Jz;., is a patient in a Waynesburg, Virginia Nursing Home. Terry Breeden spent Sunday at the home of Judy Housden and Wayne flough. :Mr. and Mrs. Sonny Poston were Sdnday visitors of Mr. and Mrs. Car- rqll Wiley, Clarke CoUnty, Virginia. i Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Jenkins and daughters, Winchester, Va.; Mr. and . Dale Frye, Berryville, Va.; Mr. and Mrs. William Combs and Eddie, grandson, Wayne, Stephens City; Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Jenkins and Greg, and Mrs. Leo Jenkins, were sightsee- ing and touring in Williams Grove, Pa. Thursday. Billy Gray, Leetown, and Mr. and JJfws. Michael White, Kyle and Hillard, Winchester, Va, were Sunday guests at'Mr, and Mrs. Roy Harris, Jr. ! 4?oodie Breeden spent the weekend the home of his grandmother, Mrs. Bisie Breeden and daughter. :Sherry and Pat Welch, Perry ,Nicodemus, Jr., and Roger Lee Nlcodemus were Sunday guests of Mr. nd Mrs. Perry Nicodemus, Sr. : Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Shillingburg a0d Mr. and Mrs. Larry Jenkins and children spent July 4th sightseeing at Jersey Mountain. Susan Hefflin, Scott Steward and Rabble Steward, Winchester, Va., were Sunday visitors of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Shillingburg. Mr. and Mrs. Nick Nicodemus were Sunday visitors of Mr. and Mrs. Garland Pope and family, Berryville, Va. Pfc. Roy Shillingburg left Sunday to return to his duties at Camp I.e.Jeune.. He will be there for several weeks and., then will be stationed at Norfolk, Va. June and Jo Burcker, Greencastle, Pa., IG-'ista, Kenda, Greg Knipe, Fall- ing Waters; Dawn Leatherman, Brian and Jessie Burcker, Hagerstown, Md.; Jene and Carolyn Fiddler, David and Cathy Knipe and Nandi, Hagerstown; Johnny and Thelma Weisenburg, Chris, Scott, William and Rachel, Mississippi; Ruth Weisenburg and family, Inwood; Bobby Knipe and Peggy Smith, Martinsburg; Charles and Colline Knipe and children, Knipetown; Rabble and Brenda Cloud, Little Georgetown; Carroll and Virginia Fiddler, and Mr. and Mrs. Nick Nicodemus enjoyed a July get- together at Babbling Brooks. Hope Welch celebrated her birthday Sunday and Wanda Mc Donough a bir- thday Tuesday. Happy Birthday. Mrs. Robert Smith, Jr., has return- ed to her home after spending some time visiting her sister, Mrs. Andrew E. Robertson in Newport News, Va. Mrs. Robertson accompanied her sister to her home, "Silver Springs," to spend several weeks. Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Shillingubrg and Scott, Troy, Tonja and Michael Sirbaugh spent Friday through Sun- day sightseeing and touring George Washington National Forest in Wardensville, and Perry, W. Va. Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Shillingburg and son and Galen and Nancy Wilt en- joyed the fireworks on July 4th at Morgan's Grove Park. Tonja, Troy and Michael Sirbaugh were Wednesday guests of Theresa and Arnold Shillingburg and son. Want the most for car insurance dollar? Talk to o neighbor who's with State Farm and compare. Then give me a call. RUSSELL L. CAVE 513 Euclid Ave., Charles Town PH: 725-7511 Sfe Farm Mulual AulofiObfle tnSunte Comllny HomeOHice Eioommgton HmOl$ AUTOS? YES!! You Do Have Another Choice ... Union 5ales Dodge Queen At Race Street 304-267-8908 I Morris Polen, Harry Snoot and Dick Brockman are shown at an exhibit booth placed by Western Auto at the Jefferson County Fair. , I Present for the 1984 Grand Reopening of the Western Auto Store here were, from left, George Vickers, Robert Ott, Tom Steptoe. James Sen- seney, Elizabeth Senseney, Charles Ciendening. Jim Senseney, Don Smith, Jacqueline Senseney. Bill Senseney, Bob Cain, Hank Jovanelly and Garland Moore. BIG REBATE ON and up to $1,0000 So Lasso In The Savin! Cidlin.g [he Vblvo 70 Coupe the nx,[ luxurious Vcdw, *cr made wtHd, at the '.vr3 least, be an understatement. Srcd by Bcrtonc oi" Ilal) Ithe n'm responsible for the legendary, kx)k of Fcrmri and l.aimNghinit the Volvo 780 Cc, u N sport the elegmt appeanmce of a Eua>Nan gtnd touring car. Even more luxurious is the fac! that the 780 Coupe Offers nc luxu' ttions: ever)hing is stand:wd, Including ortlpedicdl-died lxver front seats meticulousg' cteced in Nmd- stitched leather ,] a da.,hNu] cotnl'dt.t of eleven '.,emile layer:, of hand-ruhhed. I;ecquertaJ beech. VVhich is not to ,utt that the 780 Ctmpe forttke-, traditional VoI',.x, senibili ",impb for the sake ofluxUO: Becau,,c it ;d equipped with a ne Multi-link var ,susxm,;ion. an Anti-lt.'k braking sy,,tem and a dm'er side Supplennral Re,hunt Sstem. The kind of features that will come it'; a comfort 1o anyone concerned  lib ',arch The 780 Ctpc. As *tid and depemlahle as an Volvo 'cr built. But with a le',el ofluxu lhr be)t;,nd an) VOLVO kblt er buih.  .......  ...... CLARKE MOTORS, INC. East of Winchester, Va. AUTO MART 100 SOUTH WEST ST., CHARLES TOWN,