f/8 and Be There
Fred Lynch

Southern Oil on Morgan Oak

Posted Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at 12:00 AM

This photo of Southern Oil, 400 Morgan Oak, by G.D. Fronabarger is undated. It's now a vacant lot.

Dec. 31, 1946 Southeast Missourian advertisement

Happy New Year!

Friends and Patrons...We thank you for your liberal patronage. Visit us again in 1947.

Southern Oil Co.

400 Morgan Oak

Phone 190


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  • Lots of memories there. But I think it is the empty lot across from Jasper's gas station. The empty old Salvation Army thrift store was next door and was a sporting goods store. Where the parking lot is going to be was the home plate.

    -- Posted by nocomment on Wed, Apr 2, 2014, at 5:28 AM
    Fred Lynch
    You are right. The location was at the northwest side of the roundabout across from Jasper's.
  • Ditto the 'lots of memories there!', nocomment! Breakfast after a heavy night of drinkin/partyin' and a trip to the "east side" was "special" to say the least--a real-life Rocky Horror Picture Show. I think you are right about the correct location? Wasn't Red Foley's Argo Pkg. back east of the Southern??

    -- Posted by skidsteer on Wed, Apr 2, 2014, at 9:22 AM
  • We used to eat there too. We called it "eat gas". There was a waitress named Betty who was great. I got Indian corn chips and a Coke there sometimes when I was out cutting lawns and needed a pick me up.

    -- Posted by jcwill on Wed, Apr 2, 2014, at 6:50 PM
  • Note the gas price! I remember when a dollar' s worth of gas would run us up and down Broadway and out to Wimpys all night.

    -- Posted by Astowick on Thu, Apr 3, 2014, at 11:07 AM
  • I believe the restaurant was called the "Southern Air". The spelling may be wrong but the pronunciation would be the same.

    -- Posted by pcorbin on Wed, Dec 23, 2015, at 4:44 PM