The Shell Garage
by Mrs. Thomas A. Wright
In one way or another, the buildings which
comprised the old Shell garage, depicted in my square, have always been
involved with transportation. The larger, back portion of the building was
originally a livery stable, and was connected to the hotel which is now the
"Contoocook Manor" by a series of carriage sheds. When automobiles became
popular, the stables were converted to a garage and general repair shop.
They were owned and run by Hazen Bartlett. The body shop of the garage was
located further up Main Street, almost directly across the road from where I
In 1908 they began pumping gas at the garage, and in 1915
the front part of the building was added on as a showroom for "Whippets, " "Overlands,"
and "WIllis Knights."
Jack Putney bought the garage in 1921, and ran it for
thirteen years. Mr. Putney died in 1934, and while his estate was being
settled the garage was run by Hiram Conant, who had worked there since
graduating from mechanics school. In 1935 the garage was bought by Hiram
Conant and Lewis Nelson. Mr. Nelson also owned the Telephone Company, and
for several years ran the business office from the Shell garage.
Mr. Conant and Mr. Nelson owned and ran the station for
twenty-three years. In April of 1958 it was sold to Richard Coen and George
Barnard. Seven years later, in1965, Mr. Coen sold his share to Mr. Barnard,
and it is Mr. Barnard who operates the Shell garage today.
In October of 1972 the old buildings were demolished, and
the more functional ones which stand there today, erected.
Mrs. Thomas A. Wright
With many thanks to Mrs. Hilda Conant for her pictures
and remembrances and to Richard and Sarah Coen for their help with this
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LOC Subject Headings
Businesses -- New Hampshire -- Hopkinton -- Pictorial
Businesses -- New Hampshire -- Contoocook -- Pictorial
Historic buildings -- New Hampshire -- Hopkinton --
Historic buildings -- New Hampshire -- Contoocook --