“I’m not the type who can just sit at home,’’ she said.
After all, she’s only 85 years old.
Located just a hundred yards or so from the Pennsylvania border on Route 62, the business traces its lineage back 80 years. Dailey’s father opened a gas station just before American entered World War II in 1941.
She worked at Tony’s Auto Parts, owned by her family, in Brookfield for most of her life until it closed on Sept. 22. The building has been demolished with the land sold. Its rumored that a gas station with a convenience store may fill the spot.
Dailey, along with the rest of her family, displayed a breathtaking work ethic.
The business went under multiple names — including Tony’s Hi-Speed — was housed across the street from the former parts store which eventually opened in the early 70s.
“Mom and dad had other full-time jobs,’’ she said. “When they finished their regular job they came to the station to work another full shift.’’
When Dailey learned a girlfriend was pumping gas at their parents’ gas station she pleaded for the same job at her own family’s station.
“I was pumping gas when I was 10 years old,’’ she said with a laugh. Gas prices at that time are unimaginable now. A dollar would get five gallons, Dailey remembers.
“And if you got a fill-up you would get a free drinking glass,’’ she added. In the 60s and just a little more than 30 years old, she took the entrepreneurial plunge by buying the Sportsman’s Grove in Masury.
“A state inspector who came in told me at the time I was the youngest female bar owner in Ohio,’’ she said with a chuckle. After running the bar for 10 years she sold the business.
For a time family members ran both businesses. As the 70s rolled on, the filling station was affected by gasoline shortages and skyrocketing prices — to a then-unimaginable 50 cents a gallon.
“The car repair business grew and grew and my father was complaining he constantly had to go to an auto parts store,’’ Dailey said. “That’s when he decided to open our own parts store.’’ Her parents built up the gas station by hiring a mechanic to fix cars.