Verde Heritage -- 1973: COTTONWOOD; Marex Station Opens

"It is our belief that quality auto parts and good grade gasoline at lower prices are needed in the Verde Valley," said Marion Ewers.

"Marex is the new name for the former Mundall Sunset Station at Mingus Avenue and 89A in Cottonwood. The station is now owned and operated by Marion Ewers and his wife, Virginia, who have converted the operation from a service station to a gas station and auto parts store."

"Marex is a self-service station with 10 new dispenser pumps hooked to computers inside the station, and supplied from 2 new 10,000 gallon storage tanks recently installed on the property."

"New sole owners of the station, Mr. and Mrs. Ewers bought the station and land in May last year in partnership with Rex and Dorothy Morris. They bought the Morris' interest in the station in December and since that time have increased the stock in the auto parts store to the point where they are handling a complete line of do-it-yourself parts."

"Said Ewers, 'It is out belief that quality auto parts and good grade gasoline at lower prices are needed in the Verde Valley.' The gasoline is obtained on contract from Petrol Stops, a Tucson based company with stations in 20 states and operating throughout Arizona, he said."

"Paving the drives and parking areas and remodeling the inside and outside of the buildings will continue for the next few weeks but will not interfere with the operation of the business, Ewers said."

"Remodeling will include a 3-stall garage with the entrance off Mingus which will be leased to Clyde Hutchinson for a paint and auto body shop. From Wisconsin, Hutchinson and his wife, Joyce, moved to Cottonwood in December. They have a son, Clyde, Jr., a student at Mingus Union High School and a daughter, Tanya, in second grade at Cottonwood Elementary School."

"Cashiers helping Mr. and Mrs. Ewers in the station are their daughter, Barbara Duff, and Lester Allen."

"Mr. and Mrs. Ewers have spent most of the past 12 years in the Valley. A building contractor, he has constructed several business buildings in the Lake Montezuma, Sedona and Cornville areas. Mrs. Ewers operated restaurants in Sedona and 6 years ago, operated the restaurant in the Clark mansion at Peck's Lake."

"They plan to sell their home in Prescott and remain in the Valley. Ewers has restored their home in Prescott which was destroyed in a fire last August."

(The Verde Independent; Thursday, January 18, 1973; page 25.)

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