Through the years, Art’s mechanical skills and savvy developed with the automotive industry. He has done every facet of auto repair.
“I used to do body work. We used hot lead and files. I mixed my own paint too. kIt was hard work, but it was nice to see what you could do,” said Art.
Art cited to primary reasons for being an independent business man, money and being your own boss.
But when the Foxes opened the doors of the garage, there was some difficulty.
“It was after the war,” said Art. “We had plenty of work, but it was hard to buy parts. Many times we repaired old parts or made new ones right here.”
Standing in the garage near a jacked up car, Mrs. Fox described what she felt was the key to success for the family owned business. She kept the books for the business and with all decisions made for the garage.
“Pay the business bills first,” said Janet. “The family must be willing to live on what’s left. And we have never gone into debt for luxuries. The family must be willing to sacrifice luxuries for the good of the business. It’s worked for us.”
Both Art and Janet were still active in community affairs. Art served on the City Council in the 1950s, Janet was active in the Moravia Garden Club, The Historical Society and many other activities. Janet was very knowledgeable about how to organize events and sometimes ran into difficulties, but she usually won out because she was correct.
The Foxes sold their businesses in 1997 and Art began his retirement in April of that year.
Asked to give his impression on retirement, Art crossed his arms over his worn green mechanics shirt and said, “I’e worked 50 years to be able to retire and I’m ready to do it.”
Thanks to Marchelle Walter and C.D. Dolittle for information.