Sapulpa man's collection of old stuff
Thursday, September 15th 2005, 10:23 am
By: News On 6
People collect things they like. Roy Wresche of Sapulpa likes service station memorabilia. Folks bring things over and drop them off. He hardly ever says no.
As News on 6 reporter Rick Wells explains, his collection has gotten so big it's spilled out into the yard and into a couple of garages out back.
The sign says Roy's Historical Museum, but it is really more of a collection than a traditional museum. Like most collectors, Roy Wresche collects what he likes; most of this is service station memorabilia, most of that is Texaco. "â€™Bout everything they put out, you can find a date on somewhere." That's part of the fascination, like an old tube of grease, 1947. The signs are dated too. "There's a sign there 3 and 33, there's 4 and 47." You can almost trace Texaco marketing by dating the signs. Even the bigger ones he's got have dates too. "2-10 and 58 isn't it?" These were some of the last of the metal signs; the new ones are all plastic. â€œThatâ€™s' one of the oldest signs there on the ground that's from the 20's."
When Roy Wresche retired from the Sapulpa Fire Department, he opened up a car upholstery shop, but his love for gas station stuff soon filled every corner. He's got odd tools and Texaco products. I guess you could buy Texaco table salt once and gas pumps from every age. â€œI've got too many things to do and not enough time to do 'em in."
There is a '32 Studebaker, a good restoration project. There is a World War II halftrack he used to haul Boy Scouts around in. Maybe the crown jewel of the whole collection is a 1912 Buick. He rebuilt from the ground up. "I guess you could say I'm a packrat." No, I'd say collector works just fine.
The Sapulpa Historical Museum has some of Roy Wresche's handiwork on display. He restored a 1939 Ford fire truck once used by the Sapulpa Fire Department. It's on display at the Museum Annex at 15 East Lee Street.