Traverse City Record-Eagle

Historical Photo of the Week

April 9, 2012

Readers identify flower men, Shell man

Marilyn Smith recognized the three flower men pictured in the History Center of Traverse City archive photo in the April 2 Community section.

Smith said the man on the left is her father, Ed Wangbichler. She identified the man on the right as Burt Tourman. She also said the man in the center could be Bob Weaver.

Smith said her father owned a florist business in Inkster, Mich. She noted that her father had a place on Torch Lake.

The undated photo was taken at the Michigan State Florist Association meeting. Smith said the annual floral event was held at the Park Place Hotel and in later years at Boyne Mountain.


Fred Fuller and Suzanne Wylie identified their father as the Shell man pictured in the History Center archive photo in the March 26 Community section.

Fred Fuller said his dad, Charlie Fuller, ran Fuller's Service at 409 E. Front St. He said his father started the gas station shortly after his return to Traverse City after serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Fuller said his father operated the Shell service station from 1946 to 1959.

Fred Fuller worked at his father's gas station for six summers while he attended high school and college. He said the gas station had three service bays that included a wash rack, lubrication rack, oil change and a tire rack for repairs.

History Center of Traverse City archive photos that appear in the Community section can be found online at

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