Taxi stand

JerryHoganKasperek_Wby Jerry Kasperek

Out shopping one Sunday afternoon, Ed and I bumped into Eugene “Sonny” Huard: “How did you ever forget Sully’s?” he greeted me with.

You know, Sully’s, the old bar off West Broadway!

“Of course, I remember it!” I said — now that you mention it — “It was on a side street behind the west side Fire Station.”

Well, there was nothing to do but to look it up in the 1953 City Directory. Its address was 259 West Seventh Street; William D. Sullivan and his wife Eva were the proprietors; and its correct title was Sully’s Inn.

And, as its faithful patrons fondly recall, it was a favorite “watering hole” for locals who needed to be refreshed by a couple of beers and a few friendly faces and, according to Sonny, “There was chicken, too!”

I got a call from Al Myhill, the decorated WWII veteran who will be honored at Fulton’s annual Memorial Day Salute Parade. He said the taxi stand I wrote about was owned by his in-laws, Earl Pealow and his wife and that he drove taxi for them.

Their fleet consisted of a white Dodge and two Plymouths. Taxi service was mostly around the city, 50 cents a trip, but would go outside of the city for a couple of bucks if asked to. They put chains on the taxis in the winter because there was no such thing as snow tires.

Al recalled Policeman Tom Alnutt on his beat stopping by the taxi stand.

Coincidentally, Tom Alnutt, owner of Riverside Auto, also called me. He said his parents Tom and Mabel Alnutt owned the taxi stand when he was a child.

And, my good friend Ellie Roach Pryor told me as a teenager she filled in for her father answering the phone at the stand. Who knew!

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