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Old 08-12-2009, 01:08 PM   #1
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An invitation from the Henry/Settlemire family....

First -- my apologies --

I thought I'd posted this on this and a few other sites -- but alas, I only posted on chirpthird...so sorry for such short notice.....


An Invitation from the Henry/Settlemire Family.

Cars have always been a passion in our family.

Our Great-Grandfather, T.G. Henry in addition to Engineering a Steam Engine on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad for over 50 years – built his Service Station and General Store in the small town of Callery, Pennsylvania, wayyyyyy back in 1922.

T.G. strongly believed that providing great service and reasonably priced goods to his community would benefit both the Henry Family and the community at large. In addition to selling “Gulf Gas” – “Henry’s” offered Mechanical Service, a soda fountain, miscellaneous food and drink, gifts, a stocked pond full of fish (that drew hundreds of people from nearby Pittsburgh on weekends during the great depression – all to watch the fish play “Football”…and no, we’re not kidding….) ---and, every Saturday night, an evening of Lively Music in the Dance Hall above the family business.

Our Grandfather (C. C. Henry) ran “Henry’s” from 1922 to 1959 – at which time he retired and became a fixture in his son’s Chevrolet Dealership in nearby Bakerstown. (Thomas B. Henry) Shortly thereafter, G. Dale Settlemire (Tom’s Brother-in-Law and high-school friend) sold his Plumbing and Heating Business and entered the Automobile business as well – becoming a Partner in Tom Henry Jeep as well as Bob and Dale Chevrolet.

Both Tom and Dale saw themselves as proof of the “American Dream.” They served in World War II – came back and worked hard, and were proud to represent Chevrolet and everything it represented. They felt that it was important to take care of customers: “A Promise Made is a Promise Kept.”

We are truly blessed to have had the privilege of growing up in our Fathers’ three Chevrolet Dealerships ( Bakers town, Blairsville, and Emlenton )– which allowed us to watch as the Camaro ‘Roared to Life’ in the fall of 1966. Since then, anything with a Bowtie on the Grille and a high performance engine has had us mesmerized.

Each year, we celebrate the Camaro and Firebird by hosting a “Tom Henry Chevrolet Cruise to Mars.” We do this for a few reasons:
First – it’s a way to celebrate these great legendary automobiles.
Second, it’s a way to say “Thank You” to our many friends and customers over the years.
Third, it allows us to share our family heritage…..and honor those who came before us…..
And Fourth: IT’S GREAT FUN being with our fellow Camaro and Firebird Enthusiasts!

This year, once again, PACE (Pittsburgh Area Camaro Enthusiasts) and Tom Henry Chevrolet “Cruise to Mars” will be held on Saturday, August 15th. We invite you to the Tom Henry Dealership located at 5886 Route 8 in Bakerstown, Pennsylvania to display your Camaro or Firebird throughout the day, and have a great time with like-minded enthusiasts. At 4:30 we’ll line up and cruise thru Mars, Pennsylvania to a special location that has great meaning to us:

Liza Beers was our Great Great Grandmother. She was given a “Civil War Land Grant” in the rolling hills of Butler County, Pennsylvania, that has been in the family ever since. ( Her daughter – our Great Grandmother == Luella Beers met, fell in love with – and married T.G. Henry. -- ) This property was lovingly cared for by our Grandfather and our Great-Aunts and Great=Uncles for many years.

In 1973, our fathers (along with a lot of help from us!) cleared a space on the “Family Homestead” and built a “Pole Building” as a ‘get-away’ from the everyday pressures of business. It was a great place to store some of T. B. Henry’s Classic Chevrolet cars and trucks; and it was a great place to hold Family Reunions and Business Association Functions.

While our fathers are now in that “Great Chevy Showroom in the Sky” – the rustic building remains –alongside the foundation ‘ruins’ of Grandma Liza’s farmhouse -- as a reminder of our heritage – and how fortunate we are to have experienced 50+ years of Chevrolet History. We’d love to have you join us – it may be a rural and very rustic setting, but we love it and we hope you will, too. We’ll have have a buffet dinner set up and enjoy each others’ company.

(and frankly, there’s nothing quite like hearing all of those small block V8s – and a few big blocks as well – rumbling thru the valley as Camaros and Firebirds arrive in the “lower 40.”)

You can go here for more information on the event:

www.pacecamaros.net

We know your time is valuable – and we hope that IF you are able to join us, that you’ll have a great weekend with old friends and making some new ones!
Would you please do us the favor of posting if you WILL BE ATTENDING – and the number of people who will accompany you? (Mom Settlemire needs to know how much food to prepare….)

In Camaro Comradeship and Firebird Friendship:
We are:

Thomas G. Henry – President, Tom Henry Chevrolet, Inc and Tom Henry Racing

Sue Henry-Scott – Secretary-Treasurer – Tom Henry Chevrolet, Inc.

Richard Settlemire – Mayor – Mars Borough, Pennsylvania

Scott Settlemire --
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Old 08-12-2009, 01:24 PM   #2
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I believe your link should be www.pacecamaro.net .

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Old 08-12-2009, 01:30 PM   #3
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Sounds awesome, I wished I wasn't so far away.
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Old 08-12-2009, 04:01 PM   #4
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My wife and I will attend.
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Old 08-12-2009, 04:10 PM   #5
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Sounds like a lot of fun. I'd LOVE to go if I didn't live in California...
Have fun though.
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Old 08-12-2009, 04:34 PM   #6
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I will be there, sounds like it will be a great time
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Old 08-12-2009, 04:41 PM   #7
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I'm in Texas. Sadly, I will be unable to make the trip.

Take lots of pics!
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Old 08-12-2009, 04:56 PM   #8
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Same--just a little far away for me! But, hope everyone has a blast
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Old 08-12-2009, 05:02 PM   #9
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Old 08-12-2009, 05:35 PM   #10
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My sweety and I will be there. She is bringing her 2000 trans am.

Unfortunately I won't have my Camaro until Sept. Will be fun though. MMMMM free food at the Settlemire's???

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Sounds awesome, I wished I wasn't so far away.
You should cruise up with us.

We will likely head up that way Friday night, any one know of any good hotels near there????
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Old 08-12-2009, 05:43 PM   #11
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I wish I could to go to something like that!

I hope you guys have a great time though! If it's not too much to ask as another poster said we would be honored to browse all the pictures of the event that ya'll are bound to be taking!
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Old 08-12-2009, 05:47 PM   #12
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I wish I could to go to something like that!

I hope you guys have a great time though! If it's not too much to ask as another poster said we would be honored to browse all the pictures of the event that ya'll are bound to be taking!
We will be taking many pics that day, and we will host them for all to see.
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Old 08-12-2009, 08:47 PM   #13
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Old 08-12-2009, 09:11 PM   #14
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Scott, Tom, Sue, Richard, Elaine, and I'm sorry I've met her but can't remember Sue and Tom's Mom's name, I'll be attending solo but most likely will miss all if not most of the cruise. Can someone PM me an address for the picnic Just in case? Rosie is looking forward to meeting Thor. Last time he was napping in a bad spot and she gave him a dog greeting but couldn't get beside him for a formal introduction. Sue, got your PM. Will do. Jamie
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Old 08-12-2009, 09:15 PM   #15
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I had mentioned in another thread I'd love to join but I am holding out for the convertible so I would only have my lowly solstice if that is OK?
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Old 08-12-2009, 09:31 PM   #16
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My wife and I will be there! I will be taking delivery of my new Tom Henry Camaro! Can you think of a better day? Thanks for the history of Tom Henry Chevrolet. We look forward to seeing you and Tom.
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Old 08-12-2009, 09:47 PM   #17
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To answer questions; we'll have directions at the dealership...but the address for the "farm" (cruise to) is the corner of leisie road and glade run road in renfrew, pa. (no number...)

Solstice is welcome!!! (It is GM and we LOVE GM owners...)

McBeth! I saw (and baptized) your new SS today...they were getting ready to paint the stripes..."Thor" gave him some pointers on the best way to serve "smoked mustang" and platters of "wings"... I can hardly wait to see the look on your face when you see him for the first time...
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Old 08-12-2009, 10:32 PM   #18
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I'm in Texas. Sadly, I will be unable to make the trip.

Take lots of pics!
Ditto...wish I could join ya'll! :(

Enjoy! Take pics...and post 'em after!
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Old 08-13-2009, 12:29 AM   #19
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[QUOTE=fbodfather;790392]
T.G. strongly believed that providing great service and reasonably priced goods to his community would benefit both the Henry Family and the community at large. In addition to selling “Gulf Gas” – “Henry’s” offered Mechanical Service, a soda fountain, miscellaneous food and drink, gifts, a stocked pond full of fish (that drew hundreds of people from nearby Pittsburgh on weekends during the great depression – all to watch the fish play “Football”…and no, we’re not kidding….) ---and, every Saturday night, an evening of Lively Music in the Dance Hall above the family business.


It sounds like a good time will be had by all but alas, I can not attend but warmly welcome the invite.
Here in the tiny town of Pewee Valley, KY is a family that runs a small engine repair shop, among other things. The brother that owns it and does the work is in his nineties. His sister is about ninety and does the books. I saw him today spraying weeds. I know I shouldn't type this, I was wondering if he was still alive just a few days ago. Well he still working.
I went into his shop for the first time over twenty years ago as he rebuilt my Kohler. I asked him what the large wooden barrel was doing up there. It was the water tower for radiators when his father ran a gas station at the site. They had built around it. Also inside, but in the back, was his grandfather's furnace when the place had been a black smith's shop before there were cars.

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Sorry, cant attend but it sounds like a great event you are putting on, The car owners in your area are very lucky to have dealers like you who care about the people.
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Old 08-13-2009, 12:48 AM   #21
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:( Regrets this time, maybe next year...enjoy and can't wait for the photos of all your happy, smiling faces with "permagrin"
Thanks for the invite and "history lesson'', Scott, aka beloved Fbodfather
Say Hi to Thor for me...lol...
The Settlemire and Henry Families ROCK!!!...
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Old 08-13-2009, 01:14 AM   #22
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It's stuff like this that I live for....just getting together, ya know?

Scott, I only wish there wasn't 1,400 miles between SA and Bakerstown or you know me...I'd be there in a heartbeat.

One of these days, we'll make a trip up there again. But this time, the SS might be in a trailer for the drive up.
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Scott, The wife and I (and Modi) will be attending as you already know.
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Old 08-13-2009, 12:09 PM   #24
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Glad to know everyone's coming- please bring soft drinks or water if you can- we don't expect the out of staters to bake/make anything! We've spent a lot of time this year renovating/cleaning out the barn, hoping that my Dad, who passed in April, would have appreciated everything that's going on. It's good to party with friends and customers-we're looking forward to it,and my '67 is too!
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Glad to know everyone's coming- please bring soft drinks or water if you can- we don't expect the out of staters to bake/make anything! We've spent a lot of time this year renovating/cleaning out the barn, hoping that my Dad, who passed in April, would have appreciated everything that's going on. It's good to party with friends and customers-we're looking forward to it,and my '67 is too!
Enjoy!!!...and please make sure to toast us forum members that would love to be there with you, but can't...:(

I'm sorry about your Dad's passing... I lost my Dad last September...I'm sure your Dad will be smiling down on all of you and "enjoying the view"...

We will be there with all of you "in spirit" and waiting for photos to be posted of the "event of the year"........
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