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Lesem Tire Co.

Posted Friday, September 23, 2011, at 6:00 AM

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The Lesem Tire Co. operated at 325 S. Sprigg St. until owner Joe M. Lesem sold the business in 1965. (G.D. Fronabarger photo)

Dec. 3, 1941 Southeast Missourian

Estes, Lesem Form Tire, Gas Service

Roland Estes and Joe Lesem have formed a partnership, known as the Estes-Lesem & Co., to operate a combined tire and gasoline service station, at 325 South Sprigg street, it was announced today. A new building to house this is being built at the South Sprigg location.

Editor's Note:

Joe Lesem acquired full control of the tire sales and recapping business in 1945.

Jan. 24, 1946 Southeast Missourian advertisement

Car got the shakes? Better let us stop 'em before you shimmy yourself out of tires.

See us today for fast, low-cost wheel balancing before wobbly, wiggly wheels wear out your precious tires. Our experts will check them on the dynamic wheel balancer...weigh them, bring them back in correct balance for smooth, easy-driving performance.

Lesem Tire Co.

Phone 204

325 South Sprigg

Cape Girardeau, Mo.


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I know someone that has a calendar from lesem tire dated 1948. They would like to know more about it and possibly sell it to a collector or maybe a family member. Just hate to see the history go to waste. It has a picture of war planes flying overhead and is in descent shape.

-- Posted by bobsams on Sat, Feb 4, 2012, at 3:29 PM


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Fred Lynch has captured images for the Southeast Missourian since 1975, in that time moving from black-and-white to color, from film to digital and to video. The blog title is a nod to an earlier era of news photography and the 4x5 Speed Graphic: It's more important to be there for the shot than to worry about technical details.

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