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A Little Slice of History Boggess Chevrolet Company


 Hopkins County Kentucky- Madisonville, Ky











Boggess Chevrolet Company
52 North Franklin Street
(1958 Impala convertible in show window)




Boggess Chevrolet Co.
By J Harold Utley
Hopkins County Historian

 The Boggess Chevrolet Company opened in the E W Dozier building at 78 North Main Street in September 1930. Elmer T Boggess was the founder of the company. A sister, Mrs Ann Boggess Green, joined the organization as bookkeeper in 1932.

Elmer and Walter Boggess


In 1936 Elmer was joined by his brother, Walter, as a partner.
 In April 1942 the dealership was moved to 52 North Franklin Street. In addition to Chevrolet cars and trucks, the dealership sold farm tractors and equipment. On Saturday January 22, 1949, a formal opening of the new plant of Boggess Chevrolet Company was held. There were gifts for children and flowers for the ladies visiting the new plant. Special entertainment featuring Milton Estes and His Grand Ole Opry Stars was staged at 2PM and again at 7PM. At 9 PM Saturday the annual President’s Birthday Ball for the benefit of the March of Dimes was held in the new Boggess Building sponsored by the Madisonville Junior Chamber of Commerce. Len Foster and his 12-piece orchestra featuring Jean Martin, as vocalist will provide music for the annual dance, Dick Harris announced.

In the late 60s Walter and Elmer retired and Horace Boggess became manager of the dealership. In the 80s Horace retired and brother Norman took over the operation. Norman expanded the company considerably, acquiring additional property. The building the company started in had already been razed for expansion of the U S Post Office parking lot. Norman acquired the two buildings remaining between the Post Office and East Arch Street and demolished them for a new car display lot. In the early 90s the Scott-McGaw Buick, Pontiac and GMC dealership was acquired by Boggess which made it the largest dealership in Madisonville.
 The dealership building is of art deco style architecture. The building remained unchanged until the late 1980s when Norman Boggess upgraded the building with sprayed on concrete exterior. The interior shop areas were cleaned and the concrete floors were sealed making a very clean, sanitary appearing shop.



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