In a Q&A with History Matters columnist Kevin Leonard, Laurel businessman Fred Frederick remembers Laurel's business climate, and its government, in the mid-20th century.
When did you come to Laurel?
When I got out of the Marine Corp I went to work for Lustine Chevrolet and later the DeSoto/Plymouth franchise became available here.
What's the history of the garage before you bought it?
It used to be the Chevrolet dealership and then it was Davis Distributing, which was a beer distributor. It's glass tile. You don't see that anymore. Some of it's cinder block but the original building was glass tile. When I purchased...