Pentz seeks Greencastle-Antrim area’s garage history

— By PAT FRIDGEN, Echo Pilot
Ronnie Currey, left, and Dave Pentz are part-owners of Antrim Auto Parts. Three generations of the family work at the business. Pentz wants to pay tribute to garage owners of the past. He plans to dedicate wall space to pictures of deceased operators.

Dave Pentz is working on a project for Antrim Auto Parts, and needs some help. He wants to frame and hang photos of "old timers who had garages in the past and have passed on". He has been in the auto parts business for 40 years, and remembers some of his predecessors.

Pentz has compiled a list of the old guard. In Greencastle there was Earl Adams, Buss Barnes, Dean Hollinger and George Johnson. The other names that came to mind were, Shady Grove - Andy Gipe; Marion - J.R.Rotz, Rex Kuhns, Dave Mickey and Clarence "Sweeter" Weller; Upton - Charles Faust and John Springer; and Williamson - Lloyd Foreman.

"I knew most of these old guys. They were neat, the old school. If they didn't have a tool, they made it themselves."

Pentz, 57, followed in the footsteps of his dad, Clint Pentz, 88, who still shows up at the store. The first NAPA shop was located where Greencastle Coffee Roasters is now. It moved to 48 S. Antrim Way in 1968, and Clint Pentz purchased the business in 1985.

Pentz already heard from a woman in Virginia Beach, who is sending pictures of a man he never heard of. He hopes his collection will grow as word gets out. He will make copies of the submitted photographs.