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Site of "Durant's Restaurant" today

Early 1900s - Arthur Holcomb ran a Socony Standard Oil gas station there built by Jake Waldron. 1932 or '33 Charlie Pereau bought the station and added a separate building for a store with an area that served lunches. He also built a dance floor where Fred West, son of Elmer West of Igerna, played for dances. The dance hall finally closed down and remained vacant in great disrepair.

Ken and Meta Davis purchased the property and turned it into a restaurant. They also built seven cabins across the road on what is now Stewarts Shops. Later, Basil and Ruth LaPointe converted two of the Davis cabins to make their home. The Davises sold the property to the Hartleys in the late 30s, then Ray and Fran Ringler Riding owned it for seven years into the 50s.

Basil and Ruth LaPoint, their son-in-law Wick Martin and daughter, Nathalie Martin then took over. They kept the name "Riding's" for a few years then called it "Basil and Wick's" until 1991 when it closed and remained empty until October 1998 when it was purchased by Bill and Maureen Donovan. They had the building demolished by the North Creek Fire Department in a controlled burn and rebuilt a new improved restaurant called "Casey's North". The Donovans ran it until May 2006 when it finally closed. Kelly Hayes opened the business under the name "Kelly O's" from 2007-2008. Today it is known as "Durant's" after the famous Durant of railroad fame and is operated by Kip McDonald and Marian Eagan.

Mention the name "Basil and Wick's" to almost any local resident of a certain age and a story is sure to be forthcoming. Bill Nickerson fondly recalls shooting bumper pool there, while Mike Ordway has unprintable humorous memories of the urinal-less men's room. Burt Miner played hand shuffleboard, danced to the juke box, shot darts, and took the lovely Helen Sheridan there on a first date. Helen (later Mrs. Burt Miner) notes that although the legal drinking age at the time was 18, most young folks did not abuse that privilege.

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