Shown in this 1932 Sells family photo are Sill "Sid" Sells, Harold Sells, Ola Sells, Frances Sells and Troy Sells. Sild and Ola Sells were cotton farmers. Their daughter Frances married Robert Lee Cartwright. Son Troy married Elsie Faye Sprinkle and they operated Sells Grocery Store in the W.B. McKnight Building (now the Mansfield Historical Museum) on the northeast corner of Main and East Broad streets, then later a new building on the corner of Smith and East Broad streets. Harold Sells married Mary Frances Heddins and they built and opened Humble Oil Station on July 17, 1953, on the southwest corner of Main and Broad streets. They operated the gas station as well as a towing service until selling the wrecker service in 1987 and retiring in 1988, turning the service station over to their son Bill and his wife Brenda. Sells Exxon Station was the longest family owned and operated business in Mansfield until the Sells sold it in the early 2000s.
To learn more about Mansfield history, check out the Mansfield Historical Museum, 102 N. Main St., open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. For more info, call 817-473-4250, firstname.lastname@example.org or go to mansfieldhistory.org.
Photo courtesy of the Mansfield Historical Society.
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