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Taxi Cab Companies in Kearney

A. The Owners

1. Homer Graham

May 10, 1890 – Possibly born in Buffalo County, definitely in Nebraska

1900 [census] – 10 yrs old, with family in Platte Township, Buffalo Co., Nebraska

1910 [census] – Gibbon Township - 19, son, farm labor at home

Came to Kearney to live sometime soon after 1910.
Probably went to work in a garage

Died Dec 6, 1940, [age 50 yrs, 6 mo] stroke, in Kearney cemetery

2. William Moody

1920 [census] – 22 yrs old, living with wife and 1 ½ yr old daughter.
        Occupation – taxi driver crossed out, clerk written on top

Daughter died in May of pneumonia, buried here

When wife died in 1973 and William in 1976, each cremated and brought here from California to be buried by their daughter

3. Don Patsios

Immigrated from Greece in 1914
Started working shining shoes
Bought half interest in Kearney Shining Parlor

B. The Cab Companies Time Line

No taxi cab services listed in City directories until 1924…but….

1920 Census – Homer Graham’s occupation listed as manager of a taxi cab service
                    William Moody’s occupation taxi driver crossed out, clerk written on top

1924, 1926 & 1928 - City Directory
Homer F Graham, Taxi and Livery Service, Tel 29
                [in the block north of railroad on 1st Ave; his garage?]

Hub March 1924 advertisement -

        The Yellow Cab Company Wishes to announce
        If you want to ride in a Ford,

        we have Ford Sedans and Ford Coupes
        For Hire at 50¢/hour. Drive it yourself.

Did we think the rent a car business was comparatively new?

1927 – Wm Moody had also gotten into the car rental business
Hub Aug 22, 1927 –

Hunt Missing Car

        William Moody reported to the police Sunday the loss of one of his “Drive It Yourself” cars. The machine was taken out late Saturday night, by a man claiming Kansas City, Mo., as his home town. He planned to be out for about two hours, but failed to return it by dawn, Sunday…

(Year later)

Hub Aug. 4, 1928 –

A Jail Break Frustrated by Officers

[further down in the article]
        Colter is charged with having stolen the William Moody car, being captured near Hebron and the machine recovered. Colter still awaits trial on his charge, to which he entered a plea of not guilty.

1928 - City Directory
Yellow Cab Company (Homer F Graham),
        Whippet Cab Co. (Wm Moody)

Also in 1928 Don Patsios got into the taxi business
Hub Apr 11, 1928 –

        Spring is here


        Get Out of Doors
        Don Patsios, Kearney Shining Parlor, Taxi Service

Then by November 1929 they all started coming together

First Graham & Patsios joined their services

Hub Nov. 2, 1929 [advertisement]
        Sam Staton has employed the Service of

        Homer Graham and Will run an
        Up-To-Date Taxi Service

        With New and Enclosed Cars
        Headquartered at Don’s Shining Parlor

Advertisements Nov 16 through Jan 15, 1930
        Don’s Taxi, with new enclosed cars.
        Headquarters, Don’s Shining Parlor

Sometime in 1930 Patsios took over the Yellow Cab Company

Hub Dec 27, 1930 –

        Don’s Yellow Cab Company office is now located on First Avenue.
            [apparently separating the cab business from the shining parlor business]

City Directory - 1931 – Yellow Cab and Baggage Co (Don Patsios) 2224 1st av

1931 – Whippet Cab Service still also in operation
        – ownership taken over by Wm J. Center
        Wm Moody moved to Des Moines

June 1932 – Don Patsios started selling cars.
        The announcement was made that he had taken over the DeSoto and Plymouth dealership.

1935 or 36 – Depression – Whippet disappeared

1937-8 City Directory - Yellow Cab Co ( Don Patsios) 2019 Central av
[Whippet & Wm Center not listed]

Patsios continued to operate Yellow Cab Co. through 1950

– Yellow Cab Co, Billie & Doris Phipps Owners

Yellow Cab Co ceased to exist

Then came new owners and new business names

1955 – 1960 - City Cab Company, (Harry U and Bess Bragg)

1963 – 1967 – City Taxi (Jess N and Anna E Foglesong)

1968 – 1973 – City Taxi (Wylan S and Darlen E Carlson)

1974 – 1975 – City Taxi (Jan Parker)

1977-1988 – No Taxi Service business

1990 – 1995 – J & M Taxi, Jerry O’Rourke

After 1995 no taxi service again for several years

2011 – Kearney Cab Co. 1103 Ave B

C.  The Tale of the Stolen Rental Car

Hub, Mar 13, 1931 - Missing Car Recovered

        Don Patsios has returned from Yankton, S. D., bringing back his Chrysler sedan which had been missing for nearly two weeks.

        Had been rented to Richard Pierce who said he was going to take a short drive. But he did not return and a search was initiated.

        The car was found stored in a garage in Yankton.

        Patsios went there, identified his car and had to pay storage charges “and other costs incidental to recovery.”

        Undamaged except for small dent in one fender and te spare tire was missing.

        Kearney is 200 miles from Yankton but the car had been driven more than 700 miles.

Hub June 4, 1931 – Dick Fitch was being held in connection with taking Don Patsios’ car which was recovered in Yankton.

Meanwhile – what happened to the car?

[6 weeks after getting the car back]

April 27, 1931 - Crash on Boulevard

        Two young men and two unidentified girls were cut up Sunday evening when the car in which they were riding took to the ditch, on the Watson Boulevard.

        The machine, a Chrysler sedan, had been rented from Don Patsios. It was badly damaged.

        [It had been driven at a high speed, the car rolled 3 times.]


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