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Otakar Julius
"O. J. "Doubek


O. J. Doubek's Texas Service Station


Service Given By Doubek Has Built Business

The business story of O. J. Doubek is one that might almost be labeled “Local boy makes good.” Since he first came to Matagorda County in 1892 Mr. Doubek has been in business of one kind or another which has kept him in contact with the public and has given him a wide variety of experience which has enabled him to built one of the largest and most efficient businesses of its kind in the entire South Texas district.

When he first came to this county Mr. Doubek started in business in Hawkinsville where he operated a general merchandise store for eight years. He came to Bay City in 1900 and entered the grain business but remained in that line but a few months until he joined with V. L. LeTulle and Henry Rugeley in organizing the LeTulle Mercantile Company in 1901. He remained a member of this firm until 1907 when he, with Frank Hawkins, E. J. Kilbride and V. H. Doubek formed Doubek and Hawkins, Inc. a hardware and implement concern with which he remained until 1915 when he withdrew and moved to Houston where he entered the oil business.

Mr. Doubek, during his years in the oil game established a wide circle of acquaintances and friends as well as securing varied and valuable experience. Returning to Bay City in 1928 he took over the Texaco Service Station which at that time was small and doing a correspondingly small volume of business.

With his past experience and knowledge gained in his previous business ventures, Mr. Doubek has built his station up to a point where he leads the entire Southern District of his company in sales and service, passing many older and more established stations to head the list of hundreds of stations in this district.

His years of business service to the people of this county have given him not only a wide circle of friends but has also taught him what they want in the way of service. It is this service which he gives them and in the giving he has made still more friends. The result being that his business has grown steadily and rapidly and is still growing. Quality products coupled with his own particular brand of service and courtesy have proven their efficacy.

Nearly all of his staff of employees have been with him since the time he took over the station and they are all trained in their particular line of work and follow out Mr. Doubek’s ideas of service and courtesy at all times.

This staff consists of Eugene Luna, assistant manager, Ewel Head, night manager, Richard Mallard, front man; Mrs. Eunice Rutherford cashier and bookkeeper; and Ned Austin, Marcos Robbins and Eddie Austin, porters.

A stop at Mr. Doubek’s up-to-date and modern Texaco Service Station where they feature the Texaco Certified Lubrication, but also render every kind of service necessary for the proper care of the automobile will convince anyone not already acquainted with Mr. Doubek and his station that he really renders service par excellence and offers quality products.

Matagorda County Tribune, Century of Progress Edition, August 26, 1937



This photo and ad appeared in the Palacios Beacon on October 19, 1939 along with an article based on the article above.

Funeral Services For O. J. Doubek Held Today 3:30

Funeral services for O. J. Doubek, 78 years, 11 months, were held today from Taylor Bros. Funeral Home at 3;30 p. m. Mr. Doubek passed away Thursday morning about 11:30 in a Houston hospital, following an illness of short duration.

Mr. Doubek, who had lived in Bay City and Matagorda county the major portion of his nearly 77 years, was at the time of his death operator of the Texaco Station on the square. He was a member of the Christian Science Church, and the W. O. W. Lodge.

Reverend Luke Bolin officiated at the services and interment was in Cedarvale cemetery. Active pallbearers were Linden Barrett, Layton Moore, Raymond Cookenboo, Henry Rugeley, Ted Doubek and E. J. Nedbalek.

Mr. Doubek is survived by his wife, Mrs. Sue [Rugeley] Doubek of Bay City; one daughter, Mrs. Taylor M. Gainer of Austin; one grandchild; two sisters, Mrs. F. R. Moore of Houston and Mrs. Olga Moore of Bay City and one brother, V. H. Doubek of Bay City.

Daily Tribune, Friday, August 12, 1949

Otokar Julius "O.  J." "Otie" Doubek

Sue Rugeley Doubek

Photos courtesy of Betty Crosby

Jane Elizabeth (Doubek) Gainer
January 25, 1925 - March 7, 2013

Jane Elizabeth (Doubek) Gainer, 88, of Kokomo, passed away at 9:20 PM, Thursday, March 7, 2013 in Community Howard Regional Health, Kokomo. Born January 25, 1925 in Houston, TX, she is the daughter of the late Otis Julian Doubek and Sue (Rugeley) Doubek. On January 25, 1946, in Bay City, TX, she married Taylor Gainer. He preceded her in death in 1981. She was a homemaker. She was also a Girl Scout Leader for 52 years, retiring in 2006. She then was a Cub Scout Leader for 2 years. She was a member of the Good Sams Club, Howard Co. Home Extension Club, Sweet Adelines Singing Club, and was a member of Main Street United Methodist Church since 1964. Survivors include three daughters, Julie G. (Frank) Catt of Kokomo, Sue G. Wilson of Nashville, TN, and Nan G. (Rick) Crites of Spraggs, PA; three grandchildren Rachel (Jason) Bolin, Elena Wilson, and Amanda Crites; six great grandchildren Kathryn Bolin, Marian Bolin, Erin Bolin, Nathan Pate, Sarah Catt, and Benjamin Catt. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, also one grandson John Surface. Services will be 10:30 AM Monday, March 11, 2013, in Ellers Mortuary Main Street Chapel, 725 S. Main Street, Kokomo. Pastor Nancy Blevins will officiate. Burial will follow in North Union Cemetery, Howard County. The family will receive friends from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM Monday at the mortuary. Memorials may be directed to the Girl Scouts, Main Street United Methodist Church, or Alzheimer’s Association with envelopes available at the mortuary.

Ellers Mortuary, Kokomo, Indiana

O. J. Doubek home in 2013 - Originally stood on the corner of Avenue G & 4th Street in Bay City and moved to Matagorda


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