Longtime Calhoun merchant Uncle Amos and Virginia Craddock Gibson, stand
in front of their service station, store and lunch room in south Grantsville. Circa late
The hand-pumped gas at Uncle Amos' garage cost 18 cents a gallon at his south
Grantsville emporium, which once stood on what is now the south approach to the
Grantsville bridge. It stood next to Garland's Grocery, remembered by a later
Hot dogs, in the early 30's, cost five cents and hamburgers were ten cents.
Amos, the son of Confederate soldier George Gibson and Elizabeth Starcher
Gibson, left the lower West Fork to work for the Cherry River Boom and Lumber
Company in Richwood.
Returning to the county, he had stores at Cremo, Adam,
Altizer and Grantsville.
Uncle Amos was a bible expert and had one of the first religious radio broadcasts
on Spencer's new radio station in the early 60's. It was called "The Calhoun Bible
His son Willard was also a well-known merchant at the edge of Grantsville for many
years, the building now owned by Hardman Supply.