When we lived in Daytona Beach, FL, (1949-1981) I would pass a WARECO gasoline station as I drove to work each day.
This was the only one I ever saw, even on our travels while doing research.
I often wondered why didn’t I see more of them, and what was the Ware connection to the oil business.
This past week I was looking for something on Mr. Latane Ware, when I came across this wonderful piece on WARE’S WHARF, from the
Bulletin of the Essex County Museum and Historical Society,
Vol 48 March 2007. Also found an earlier version, vol 33, 1988
The item is made up of excerpts from, “Historic Ware’s Wharf”, and titled, “Wares of Ware’s Wharf”, by Carroll M. Garnett
A fantastic article starting with the first Wares in that area and up to the present.
According to this transcript, William Latane Ware, Sr, died November 1925, left the wharf business to his son, William Jr.
William Jr. operated the wharf until steamboats discontinued service on the Rappahannock in the mid thirties.
In 1925, William and his uncle, Catesby Ware of Dunnsville, founded the Ware Oil Company as a distributorship for Texaco products. The site became a major off loading point for the company’s tankers moving oil products down the Rappahannock.
WWII and the fear of German submarines, put a halt to the oil business there on the river. The business then operated from Richmond.
In 1931 William sold his interest to Mr. Smith Durham, who ran the business until he sold to Catesby Ware, in 1959.
The descendants of Catesby still own the business with offices in Dunnsville’
All this explains why the WARECO station later became a Texaco station, and I can sleep better now, knowing all this.
He item concludes with the following:
“The Wares of Ware’s Wharf, over the years, have excelled in such diversified fields as farming, music, medicine, education, pilots of riverboats and aircraft, law, engineering, accounting and public service.
It has been said these Wares are so intrinsically tied to the Rappahannock,
they have salt water running through their veins. This being the case, add to this a substantial portion of pride coupled with a driving spirit in the pursuit of excellence.”