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Property sale opens doors to memories

Prospective buyers Jim and Debbie Hopper of Sonora talk with Matt Yerington about some of the antique cars for sale. (Amy Alonzo/Copyright 2004, The Union Democrat).
Prospective buyers Jim and Debbie Hopper of Sonora talk with Matt Yerington about some of the antique cars for sale. (Amy Alonzo/Copyright 2004, The Union Democrat).

By LENORE RUTHERFORD

The long, old building on Carter Street at Rozier Avenue in Tuolumne evokes many memories for the town's longtime residents.

It's been a livery stable, a garage, a gas station, a cabinet shop, a furniture store and a saw sharpening shop.

And if a Twain Harte couple has their way, the building will soon house art studios — and perhaps more.

Matt and Janis Yerington bought the building in December from Dick Carter of Modesto, who has owned it since the 1970s. He said he bought it from a health food store owner who bought it from a man who ran a garage in it for a few years in the late 1960s and early '70s.

Retired Summerville High School teacher Al Antinetti remembers working for his dad when the building housed Bruce Nelson and Adolph Antinetti's garage during the '50s and '60s.

"I would run out to the customers, and they would order $1 worth of gas," he said. "That was 3.3 gallons. I would clean their glass, check under the hood, put air in the tires and check the battery. I think the profit was 5 cents a gallon."

Long-time resident Perry Baker, 92, remembers a livery stable there until a big fire in 1918 that destroyed most of the buildings in that part of town.

Al Antinetti's son, Mark, said his grandfather told him once that George Blair owned the livery stable, and it was run by Jim Diamond. Blair also owned a grocery store in town.

"It cost $1.50 a day to rent a horse and a four-wheel cart with one seat," Mark Antinetti said. "My grandfather said it was a rare, all-day trip to go to Sonora."

It's unclear who built the building, but for the last 20 years or so, it has been closed up and filled to the rafters with Carter's collection of everything from vintage cars to waterbed thermostats.

But the doors are open once again — to all kinds of possibilities.


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