HISTORICAL POSTCARDS OF SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI
Hultsman Oil Company
This cheerful-looking gasoline station was located at 754 North Grant, or at the intersection of Grant and Poplar. It first appeared in the Springfield City Directory in 1928. John T. Hultsman was the owner. In addition to the filling station on Grant Avenue, he also owned two others: one at Commercial and Washington and one at Campbell and Central Street. He also owned a warehouse at the corner of Central and Clay.
In the 1930 Springfield City Directory, J.T. Hultsman was only the proprietor of two stations, the one in the postcard and the one at Commercial and Avenue. Perhaps the Great Depression affected his business. In 1932 he owned three service stations: Number 1 at 754 North Grant, Number 2 at 1310 College and Number 3 at 1245 Boonville Avenue. By 1935 J.T. and his son Jack are listed as owner and attendant at one station (the one in the postcard) and they both lived in the house pictured on the postcard at 752 North Grant. In 1937 J.T. Hultsman added a station at 1724 West Kearney.
By 1940 the Springfield City Directory lists the business at 754 North Grant as White's Service Station. In 1946 it was the Sam Youree Service Station. By 1950 no business was listed at that address.