HISTORY OF THE HARTMAN BUILDING
entrance and upper patio leading to the dining room of Creekside Grill
was once a dirt ramp that was used to drive cars into the lower level
of Hartman Chevrolet. Long time Silverton residents say that as kids
they were always surprised they could get cars in there and that no one
ever lost their brakes on that scary ramp down to the lower level and
ended up in the creek!
W.M. Hubbs began construction in 1924. An article in an issue of the
Silverton Appeal said it was one of the most substantial buildings to
be built in Silverton for some time; bricks, tile and concrete were
used to make it as fireproof as possible.
The street level floor was leased to the F.W. Pettyjohn Company. The
lower floor was set up for the Hubbs Planing Mill Company with 19
different machines down below that would manufacture a variety of
Earl Hartman Sr. was born in Silverton in 1896. His grandparents were
John and Mary Moser Hartman. They crossed the plains in 1852, taking up
a Donation Land Claim near where they made their last camp on Sept. 6,
1852, near Miller Cemetery. Earl Sr. served in World War I and was fire
chief for the Silverton Volunteer Fire Deptartment and served at one
time on the City Council. In 1924 he worked for the Patty Auto Company
and by 1926 he became the Chevrolet dealer in Silverton and moved into
the building that would become the Hartman’s legacy.
owned Hartman Chevrolet for 50 years. His son, Earl Jr., went to work
for his Dad right out of high school, eventually running the business
and retiring in 1987. On May 17, 2009, Silverton said good-bye to Earl
Hartman Jr., the last owner of Hartman Chevrolet.
Archival photographs courtesy the Silverton Country Historical Society.