The end of an era
Jerilderie saw the end of an era last week with the closing of MS Ryan & Son after 70 years of service to Jerilderie locals and passing motorists.
Maurie and Shirley Ryan began the business, known as M Ryan and Co, in October 1945, on the block opposite its current location, where Ron Neivandt later had his blacksmith business.
The business moved across the road in 1965.
In the early days, as well as selling fuel and providing mechanical repairs, cars and trucks were also sold.
Maurie and Shirley were joined by one of their sons, Martin, when he was 15 years old.
He was made a partner in 1982 and the name changed to MS Ryan & Son.
Martin has been with the family business for 52 years.
He and his wife Debbie took over the business in 1988 and continued to offer personalised service to everyone who stopped at the bowsers.
It was a place to pop into for a chat, or to wait out of the cold or heat while a vehicle service was being finalised.
It may well be one of the last places in Australia where your fuel tank was filled for you.
Marty and Debbie received a reasonable offer for the business and are now looking forward to having more time for family, and perhaps a bit of travelling in the van. We wish them well. The business will re-open soon, when the new owner organises some planned refurbishments.
I’d like to thank Debbie and Martin's daughter Haylie, now a married adult, who did a Year 7 assignment at high school.
Debbie turned up with the handwritten work which had all the dates and information of the business.
Jerilderie Hospital Auxiliary’s annual general meeting will be at 2pm on Thursday, July 23 in the Community Centre.
The AGM of Red Cross will be held on Thursday, July 30, at 2pm in the Community Centre.
Please note the change of meeting day.