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Iconic former service station is subject of Oswegoland Heritage Association fundraiser

The iconic former service station and current My Sister’s Lil’ Donut Shoppe at Madison and Jackson streets in Oswego is the subject of this year’s Oswegoland Heritage Association main fundraiser, an architectural miniature by Cat’s Meow.
The iconic former service station and current My Sister’s Lil’ Donut Shoppe at Madison and Jackson streets in Oswego is the subject of this year’s Oswegoland Heritage Association main fundraiser, an architectural miniature by Cat’s Meow.

Just in time for the Christmas holidays, the Oswegoland Heritage Association has released the fifth in its Oswego’s Main Street series of architectural miniatures of village landmark buildings created exclusively for the association by Cat’s Meow of Wooster, Ohio.

This year’s offering is the historic Korte-Zentmyer Building at Madison and Jackson streets, now the home of My Sister’s Lil’ Donut Shoppe.

August Korte opened the small, neat, Tydol Oil service station in July 1930 to serve the growing traffic through Oswego on newly paved Route 34. Built in the Tudor Revival house-with-bay service station design popular in the 1930s, the station operated for several years before being turned into a private residence.

Later, Earl Zentmyer bought the building for use as the office for his Ford dealership’s used car sales office. Since then, the building has housed a number of other commercial enterprises, including a fortune-teller. The building miniatures are expected to go on sale Dec. 1 at the Little White School Museum, 72 Polk St. (Jackson at Polk), Oswego.

Past buildings featured (and still available for sale) are the Hoze-Cherry-Campbell House, the Chapman House, the Crothers-Jolly-Denney House, the Dairy Hut, the Schwartz House (Tripp Insurance), the A.O. Parke Building (American Male & Company), the Durrand House (The Village Grind), Oswego Fire Barn (Oswego Cyclery), the Knapp Building (Masonic Hall-Oswego Family Restaurant building), the Rank Building (former Oswego Library and Ledger-Sentinel offices), the Schlicker Building (The Marmalade Tree and barber shop), the Little White School Museum, and the Oswego Woman’s Civic Club’s classic “Welcome to Oswegoland” sign.

Each building front facade is rendered architecturally accurate, and measures approximately 6 inches by 4 inches. A brief building history is included on the reverse of each miniature. Buildings are available at $20 each. Proceeds benefit the heritage association and the Little White School Museum’s operations.

Complete sets offer a quaint, and accurate, depiction of Oswego’s historic architecture in and around the downtown area. All buildings in the series are on sale at the museum.

Also available at the museum store is a selection of fine Oswego marked stoneware from the Great Bay Pottery Co., North Hampton, New Hampshire, along with books and pamphlets on Oswegoland history, and books and videos featuring the Oswego area’s home-grown environmental crusader, “The Fox.”

The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call the museum at 630-554-2999, email info@littlewhiteschoolmuseum.org, or visit littlewhiteschoolmuseum.org.

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