October 7, 2015 by Tammy Pearson
When Greenfield Oil opened its doors Aug. 15, 1915, owner Frank Grounds “bought kerosene for a penny and sold it for a nickel,” said Ronald Dwinell, who ran the business for over 50 years.
He took over from his father-in-law, Wallace Grounds, son of Frank. Dwinell’s late wife was named Wallis.
It was during Dwinell’s tenure, 40 years ago, that the business moved from its original location at 107 S. 1st St. to its current location on Highway 25 in a building that used to house a John Deere implement business.
Dwinell also launched the tire side of the business.
Three years ago, after having five bypasses, Dwinell said it was time to turn the business over to his grandkids.
Today, Dwinell’s grandsons Luke and Cole Daughenbaugh run the business, focusing on cars and tires respectively.
An open house in honor of the company’s 100-year history was recently held, with a lunch served and the Adair County Pork Producers grilling pork patties. Dwinell said a little over 100 people attended.
Courtesy of Tammy Pearson, Adair County Free Press 10/7/15.