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Gilbert in Maricopa County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Tone Building

Heritage District

 
 
Tone Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, August 29, 2015
1. Tone Building Marker
Inscription. In 1918 Timmons garage was located on this site. Mr. Timmons sold the garage to Albert Tone, an accountant and Gilbert's first mail carrier, who went into business with Charles M. Blakely repairing Model T Ford automobiles. In 1924 Blakely took the business and Tone took the property and tore down the garage. In 1929 Tone built this building as a “Safeway-Pay'N Takit” store #37. The grand opening was on Friday, July 19, 1929, and it was the most modern store in Gilbert at that time. The bank failures in America later that year put the new store out of business.

The building has been used for many purposes from 1930 to the present. The Gilbert Valley Theater opened in 1936 and showed double features with world newsreels and cartoons for only 14 cents. Other businesses here have also included a dinner theater, a game center, an archery range, a deli and a church. In the late 50's Albert Serrano Jr. operated a shirt and baby shoe factory in the building. The Johnston family purchased the building in 1996. In January 1998 Joe Johnson, Tad Peelen and Tim Peelen opened Joe's Real BBQ, a Gilbert restaurant landmark and one of the most popular in the valley.
 
Erected 2012 by Gilbert Leadership Class XX 2012. A program of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce.
 
Location.
Photo on Tone Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, August 29, 2015
2. Photo on Tone Building Marker
33° 21.3′ N, 111° 47.373′ W. Marker is in Gilbert, Arizona, in Maricopa County. Marker is at the intersection of North Gilbert Road and East Page Avenue, on the right when traveling north on North Gilbert Road. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 301 North Gilbert Road, Gilbert AZ 85234, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Bank of Gilbert (a few steps from this marker); Liberty Market (within shouting distance of this marker); Dance Pavilion (within shouting distance of this marker); Creed Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Pump House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Clement's Garage (about 600 feet away); Gilbert Town Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gilbert Elementary School (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Gilbert.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Tone Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, August 29, 2015
3. Tone Building Marker
Tone Building image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, August 29, 2015
4. Tone Building
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 141 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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