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Simon Hoyt from Dorsetshire England settled in the Charlestown Massachusetts Bay Colony and five generations later in 1802, Steven Hoyt purchased a farm on Old Oscaleta Road in South Salem NY. The farm he purchased was originally a land grant from the King of England who's previous owner went back to England after the Revolutionary War. The house on the corner of Oscaleta and Old Oscaleta Road built in the 1750's and known as the Hoyt house still stands today because during the Revolutionary War if you weren't loyal to the King of England, the British would burn your house down. Prior to the war and before the 13 Original Colonies were formed, the farm was located in The Connecticut Territory. New York and Connecticut had not yet been formed as states.
Ten generations later from Simon Hoyt and five generations later from Steven Hoyt, Dudley Hoyt was born in the farm house on Old Oscaleta Road.
From dairy farm to auto repair shop.
The garage on Old Oscaleta Road has been around longer than most people can remember and it traces its origins to the Hoyt family, who were dairy farmers. Dudley Hoyt began repairing farm equipment, then finally switched over to an auto repair business, which he named Hoyt’s Garage in the 1930s. In 1955 when Fred Stingel graduated from high school, he started working at the garage with Dudley. Then in 1968 after Dudley retired, Fred kept the name Hoyt’s Garage and ran it until he retired in the early 1990's. James O'Connor, a local South Salem teenager worked for Fred and eventually took over the garage.
From Fred to Jimmy O’Connor.
Fred knew Jimmy since he was 13. "He grew up on Salem Lane, and used to come over on his bike even before he could drive. He loved working on cars. He was almost like a son to me. After he got out of high school Jimmy went out to Colorado to attend auto repair school.” At this point in time the "farm", now 5.0 acres was still in the Hoyt family.
Roger Hoyt, son of Dudley Hoyt sold the property to investors, and in 1993 my wife and I purchased it from them, the "farm" was now 2.5 acres. At the closing, our lawyer noticed a very unusual clause on the deed. It stated that we must allow livestock to cross our property to get to Lake Trusdale and Lake Oscaleta for water. The reason for that was because the Hoyt's owned property on both sides of Old Oscaleta Road and should this property be sold they still needed to get water for the cows. Since I didn't see any cows near by I figured we were safe. To date I still haven't seen any cows.
As I always jokingly said, Jimmy came with the house when we bought it. The first year we were here there was no fence separating the repair shop from the house. We had a 1.5 year old daughter Martha, and on a summer's day she wandered into the parking lot of the shop. Jimmy was working inside on car, Erik, his helper was just getting ready to pull a pick up truck in when Jimmy dropped everything and ran outside screaming at the top of his lungs STOP, he scooped up Martha just as the back up lights came on. Both Jimmy and Martha were rolling on the ground, with Jimmy bear hugging Martha just as the truck started to back up. Martha was 2 feet from the truck's bumper, Erik couldn't see her. I saw the whole thing unfold in the blink of an eye. I owe my daughter's life to that man. Thank you James.
From South Salem Auto Repair to South Salem Auto Care
On February 4, 2017, I bought South Salem Auto Repair and renamed it South Salem Auto Care. Elsias and Junior are still here and with an experienced and expert team of technicians led by Matt Harisch, I will try to bring back some old customers as well as new ones. For those of you who don't know about the repair shop, we are not a "Main Street" business, rather a very local business in a residential area that has been a word of mouth shop for over 85 years. This is the first time that I know of that the shop is being advertised. Stop by, we always have coffee!
- Bruce Casio. Owner, South Salem Auto Care
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