The Corner Station building began as Reece’s Service Station in 1921. It was built on an angle to the street and the quality brick facade and sturdy construction seems to say the building was meant to last and be part of this Fairview Utah community for a long time. Later, Reece’s brother-in-law Wendell Christensen took over and most folks remember the place as Wen’s Service. The building was also owned or run by Bert Vance, Dave Boylan, Dave Smith, John Unferdorfer and others after Wendell retired.
“Wendel A Christensen, our loving father, grandfather, brother, and friend passed away peacefully in Fairview, Utah on Wednesday, June 6, 2007, at the age of 89. Wendel was born in Fairview, Utah, on September 15, 1917, the only son of Peter Afton and Bertha Gull Christensen. He married Nora Hurst on November 23, 1937, in the Manti LDS Temple. Wendel was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in various callings throughout his life.
Wendel served his country as a military policeman. Following the war, he owned and operated the Chevron station and garage, Wen’s Service, for over 40 years. Along with the garage, he ran a tow truck service, had a fleet of semi trucks, coal trucks, and milk trucks.
Wendel was a bus driver for the North Sanpete School District for many years. Later in life, he worked for the school district as a mechanic and as the grounds maintenance supervisor until he was almost 80 years old. Wendel was active in civic affairs. He served as the Chief of the Fairview City Volunteer Fire Department and on the Fairview City Council.
“Nobody had a car. There wasn’t many cars around Fairview at that time— there was a few, but not very many–in 1918. Then in 1924 Thel and I bought another new Ford–T Model. And I forget what that one was–oh a little better than $600. It was green with a black top. So I got Thel and we looked at the car and we decided we’d take that one. And that new car— 4 door sedan—$728. And that was the spare tire and everything!! And I remember the first time we pulled down into the service station to get some gas, it was just one little service station here in Fairview, right here on the corner. One pump. And Dan James over here– Mary James’s Dad, he was the marshall at that time. He walked up and he looked in the window and he said, ‘They can’t call it a ‘Lizzy’ anymore can they?’ “Well, then of course later on long about 1927— no ’29, they come out with this model A Ford. I ordered one of them. They was hard to get you know, so many people ordering them you know, but anyway my mother had bought a new Essex down to Manti and we was down to Mount Pleasant in that new Essex and I happened to see or drive over to Locking Johns and said: “When you gunna get that Ford for me?” and he said, “Well, I dunno when we can get it but as soon as they fill the orders you can get it, but we’ve got one in here today that was ordered and the fellow can’t take it.” And they said, “Do you want that?” And I said, “Well, I’ll see.”
Despite efforts to sell, the building sat empty until Jason Mardell approached Katie in 2017 to transform the building into a deli. The two of them put their heads together and came up with the Corner Station Deli and Co-op space you see today. More on the OUR STORY page.