© Frank H. Jump
Ocean Avenue- Brooklyn, NY
Whatever happened to Albert Stern & his hottie daughter Amy?
I’m part of the Stern family that owned this company at one point. It was turned into Empire State Fuel, and then later bought by Hess Corporation. My dad worked for Stern Bros, and then Empire, and now Hess.
That was my dad’s company along with his brothers- The Stern Brothers.
Thanks for visiting and taking the time to write some family history.
Actually, many of us still live in the Tristate area.
Well come to Brooklyn and visit the sign one of these days. I’ll give you a private tour! LOL! I hope you enjoy the re-writes.
thanks so much for understanding…. fadingad My son is a 21 year old computer whiz but discovered a camera last year and loves it. He just applied to FIT photog program. He was searching Stern Brothers Fuel Oil as it was the family business, and found you. The Stern Family Meshpucha had a real giggle seeing it on our own family list serve…Love the old phone number…. at one time or another, everyone seemed to work in the family business when it was first getting off the ground oh so many years ago… NOw it’s long gone and only the signs remain. By the way.. my son was wondering the location of that sign…..We are Btooklynites and would enjoy taking a ride to see it before they build a building to block it…. Thanks so much for documenting some of our family legacy..
my schoolteacher dad, sol zion, worked a second job as the sunday dispatcher for the sterns on (i think) 55th street in brooklyn in the early 70s. decades earlier, he had worked for weber and quinn in gowanus. after the sterns sold the business, he worked for empire state fuel oil and lastly, after his teacher’s retirement, for laforgia fuel oil, as a night dispatcher and backing up on tape the days’ computer records.
in his stern brothers days, he would sometimes bring me (aged 13 at the time) with him to help pull and sort the paper tickets for the day’s scheduled oil deliveries and answer the phones (he handled all the irate callers with empty oil tanks or extinguished burner pilot lights, leaving the easy customers for me.) on the coldest winter sundays we would work from 7 to 7, starting with a stop for hot chocolate and pastry at the pop & son coffee shop on avenue j, and working until the last fuel truck driver returned to base. there was a two-way radio in the trucks used for dispatch, i thought that was fascinating. my dad referred to the brothers as hillie, hirschie, and albert, am i remembering that correctly? i surely remember that heavy diesel odor to this day. there was a fuel truck driver, ray foti, who worked occasional sundays. my dad worked hard at that second job, giving up his sundays to earn extra money for our family.
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