Lutesville Motor Co 206 Railroad Street, Marble Hill, MO 63764
The history of Lutesville Ford dates back to the days of the Great Depression, when in 1935 Roy B. Underwood and a partner, J.P. Long obtained the Ford franchise in the rural Bollinger county town of Glenallen. No one knows what posessed the pair to enter the automobile business during such a trying economic time, but nonetheless they did. During the first year of business they sold just one new Ford automobile. The first location was nothing more than a one car garage building. Shortly after the business started Mr. Long exited the business and Roy's brother-in-law, Lon A. Choate, entered the business as his second partner. Eventually Mr. Choate also exited the business and Roy continued selling Ford automobiles and eventually added Ford tractors and implements as well.
Roy continued in the business until his death in 1945, when his wife, Margie, took over the operation. Mrs. Underwood relied upon a handful of managers to handle the day to day operations of the business until 1964 when her daughter Mary Thomas and her husband, Dave Thomas, moved back to Marble Hill to join the family business. Dave was the General Manager of Lutesville Ford from 1965 until 2005, when he retired. Mrs. Underwood's son, Rick Underwood, also joined the dealership full time the 1970's. Mrs. Underwood passed away in 1972 leaving the business to her two children. Sadly Mary Thomas passed away in 2007 leaving her share of the business to her husband Dave.
Today Dave Thomas and Rick Underwood own the dealership jointly. While Dave retired a few years ago, Rick remains active and can always be found warmly greeting anyone that walks in the doors. A third generation has emerged as well, with Dave and Mary's daughter, Mitzi Rhodes, serving as Office Manager and Rick's son, Nick Underwood, who is General Manager.
So you may be asking yourself, where does the name Lutesville come in? Lutesville Ford has been located in the same location since 1945, which until 1985 was called Lutesville. For years Crooked Creek divided the two separate communities of Lutesville and Marble Hill. The two towns had a combined population of approximately 1500 people, so in 1985 they were combined and the Marble Hill name was used for both sides of the creek. Unfortunately for us, we had been using Lutesville in our name for 40 years and decided it was not worth changing the name just because the town's name changed, so that's why we're Lutesville Ford in Marble Hill.
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