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Cal Gettings
(1905-1990)

Calvin Otha Gettings was born in Ohio on April 3, 1905, the son of Ella and Claud Gettings, a Toledo blacksmith with his own shop. In 1928 he married Dessena ---, and they had at least one son, Theodore (in 1929). In 1930 he was working in Toledo as a Sunoco gas station attendant. He eventually took over management of the station (located at Starr and Dearborn), which by the 1980s was the oldest continuously operated Sunoco gas station in the country.

Cal was his own man and became a gemologist through personal study. His Service station was small but filled with rocks and minerals and polishing machines constantly running. He resisted modern improvements taking place in the service station business in those years. He had been selling Blue Sunoco for so long, and owned his station so that Sunoco did not pressure him to upgrade. He was well versed on many subjects from philosophy to religion.

He died October 1, 1990 in Lucas County, Ohio.

References:
US Federal Census, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930.
J. Walter Young, personal commuication (2011)
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