Grand Prairie Daily News Grand Prairie, Texas 15 Aug 1972
GRAND PRAIRIE DAILY Grand Prairie's Newspaper Since 1908 262-5141 VOLUME 64-NUMBER246-GRAND PRAIRIE, TEXAS-TUESDAY, AUGUST 15,1972 Zoning by upset By KEN HAMMOND Daily News Staff Writer A group of upset citizens defeated one zoning request for a self-service gasoline station. and the Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of another at the commission's regular meeting Monday night. Both applications for specific use permits to open the stations were submitted by David Metzger, who wanted to place the stations at Mr M Food Stores, one at 528 Marshall Dr., and one at 441 W. Highway 303. About 15 determined citizens mostly residents on Greenbrook Lane and Cranbrook, countered Metzger's request for the Marshall Drive station with staunch opposition. "If that self-service gasoline station goes in, I will personally boycott the Mr M store," stated Robert Nail, 501 Cranbrook. "We don't feel it helps our property valuation at all," said John Logan, 550 Greenbrook Lane. "We feel it devalues our property." Obviously surprised at the strong opposition, Metzger said, "I'd like to withdraw the application." Applause broke out. CRANKING AWAY in his sweaty garage-workshop is bicycle repairman Willie Hollabaugh, 81. He has been Keeps rolling out bikes Daily News Photo by Steve Lalli repairing and rebuilding bicycles over a quarter of a century . Weather forecast GRAND PRAIRIE weather will be partly cloudy through Wednesday with a 20 per cent chance of rain. The low tonight will be around 75. Work still natural for Willie By STEVE LALLI Daily News Staff Writer Fruits of old age are ripe for picking at the age of 65. But Willie Hollabaugh keeps on plugging with his daily labor, now entering his 65th year of work. His first paid job came when he was 16. He celebrated his 81st birthday last Thursday and although his labor is more of a hobby now, he still keeps himself busy. Hollabaugh settled in Grand Prairie four years ago to be close to his two daughters after his wife's death while they were living in Tulsa. He now operates a bicycle repair shop in the garage of his home at 921 S. Center St. For 25 years he owned Hoi- lie's (one of his nicknames) Lawnmower and Bicycle Shop in Tulsa and this spring set up his homemade repair shop. "Back then, before I left Tulsa, I worked on everything," Hollabaugh said. "But now my eyes are bad and I can't see to work on the new-type bikes with all the gears and such." Hollabaugh can remember being put to work on a Tennessee farm around the turn of the century when he was four and dressed .in a shimmy, a white dress often seen in yellowed photos of young boys from that era. In spare time, he keeps his yard neatly trimmed but the stylish brick house he resides in deceives the atmosphere of his workshop. It has the flavor of the heated backshop from long ago. He works from a small wooden stool. A cardboard covering his table, blackened by grease and oil stains, is his main working desk. He is cooled by an old black fan, like the ones with the heavy bases that rock back and forth. His repair and rebuilding shop is open eight hours a day. "When I get tired, I just sit down and rest." Watching him go meticulous- Area solons agree on special session Dallas County legislators have called for a special session of the state legislature to reform insurance rates in the state of Texas. State Senators Oscar Mauzy, Mike McKool and State Representative-elect Jim Vecchio all over 65 and young men whose only crime is to be under 25." McKool stated he feels "Insurance reform is one area that could never be enacted in a regular session; it would be hidden with 1000's of other bills." A special session "when cent insurance decrease to "be "insufficient and five year's too late. The tardiness of the rate decrease cost the people of Texas $50 million." He called a special session necessary to "reform our insurance practices ly through his work, it's hard to imagine him tiring. Standing over six foot tall, his work has given him hands the size of melons and powerful forearms for a man 15 years past retirement age. "About three months ago I thought I was through with wrenches," he said. I couldn't move my arm above here," he said lifting his limb about chest high. "But now I'm recovering. I'm working it out." Work in the yard to keep busy didn't appeal to him. "It gets awful hot in the sun and I'm afraid of a sun stroke of some kind," he said. He gets his parts at "a reasonable price" from a man who picks up old littered parts around ,town. His walls are covered with cranks, pedals and chains. "That's practically new," he said pointing to a wheelless frame. "All I have to do is put on a wheel and it's ready to sell. It cost me a dollar." He motioned to the outside of the garage at the line of bicycles. -That's my advertising," he grinned. His only sign is placed in front a small tree in the front yard. On it is scrawled "I REPAIR BICYCLES." Hollabaugh is loaded with stories about his working career. He's had his bad times and he can describe in vivid detail how he broke his neck when a chain snapped and cracked him in the back of the head. He worked for two more days before the pain became unbearable. His life with machines and rugged parts has also cost him three fingers on his left hand. He says he's always enjoyed his labor, whether it was plumbing or working, with construction companies. His years on the railroad were made more memorable when he discovered he had worked long enough (20 years) to qualify for a pension. "I almost forgot- about that," he said.