The family-owned car dealership Weathers Motors Inc. at 1187 W. Baltimore Pike in Middletown celebrated its 100th anniversary June 15, marking the year it opened in 1922, writes Peg DeGrassa for the Daily Times.
Larry Weathers III is a third-generation owner. His great-grandfather, James Weathers, came from Ireland to Middletown, working for Wawa Dairies in the early 20th century.
James bought a building at Baltimore Pike and Pennell Road in 1915, opening a grocery store.
In 1920, James’ son, Larry Weathers, Sr.opened an auto repair shop. He built a modern garage on the family property in 1922, servicing model T-Fords, Chevys, Packards and other vehicles.
In 1930, Weathers Garage became Weathers Dodge, a full dealership for Dodge and Plymouth.
By 1947, it had a five-car showroom, a parts room and towing service, including a tow one night for Babe Ruth’s vehicle. The baseball legend did not pay his towing bill, according to Larry’s grandfather.
These days, the dealership does pre-owned vehicle sales and repairs.
“Now, a century after we began, Weathers Motors is selling to third-generation customers, which is evidence of our long-standing conviction that you must treat customers right and keep them satisfied,” said Larry III.
Read more at the Daily Times about this 100-year-old dealership.