Southern Indiana Living

JUL-AUG 2017

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July/August 2017 • 15 Downtown business The area has two multi-generational businesses. One of them, Toney Oil Co., was started in 1941 by Ellis Toney in a tiny eight-sided building that had one room. The business was carried on by his sons, Warren and Paul, and is currently operated by his grandsons, Eric and Errol Toney, in an 80-foot-long modern build- ing. The other business, Marc and Vickie Gibbs' Marengo Farm and Home Supply, occupies about a block. The business was started in 1949 by Vickie Gibbs' grandpar- ents, Claude and Alma Fancher, and was continued by her father, Harold Fancher. "It is now reaching into the fifth genera- tion," Marc Gibbs said. "Our son Chad and grandson Boston are working here." On the south edge of town is High- Mark Supply, a wholesale distributor for pole barn components. The company, owned by Tom Wieckowski, has eight employees. The building formerly housed Poe Lumber Company, a family business that was a major employer in the area for many years. The town's longest-running busi- ness is Marengo Tavern. Tony and Pat Main have been its owners and operators since 1984 and the tavern has earned the reputation of having the best hamburgers in the area. "My papers go back to the late 1800s," Tony Main said. "I am not sure when the structure was built. It was an icehouse for many years, and I believe the tavern was added by Walter Smallwood in 1944." According to Edna Beaver, owner- operator of the Home Town Gift and Variety store for nearly three decades, "Marengo's biggest asset is its people. It is a caring community. People come to- gether for benefits; they are always ready to help each other. I have always been able to keep a loyal customer base. The people have been my joy in the business." Other businesses in the downtown area include the Downtown Family Res- taurant, Dillman-Green Funeral Home and Marengo Monument Company. The Barn General Store and Discount Grocery is at the end of Adams Street. Changes Marengo has has been the scene of fires and floods, and much of the town was destroyed when a tornado swept through it in 2004. While it is impossible to overlook the numerous vacant build- ings that once housed viable businesses, its 828 residents haven't let the changing Cars, Caves, and a Warehouse The Marengo Warehouse and Distribution Center sits in a for- mer quarry. The complex is 160 feet underground, and main- tains a constant ambient temperature between 56 and 60 °F. (top) John Jones Auto Group, SIL advertising partner's recent photo shoot inside the Marengo Warehouse gave Brian Venturi, warehouse owner, and son Shane an opportunity to check out the Auto Groups' 2017 Chevrolet CorveĴe. Photos will be used in future promotions. (see pages 50-51). // Interior photos taken by Michelle Hockman. (right) The outside the warehouse located in downtown Marengo // photo of the outside of warehouse by Jon Combs.

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