Walk into Senger’s Gas Co. and you walk into friendliness, where you’re greeted by cheerful faces, happy talk and advice. The company, at 426 N. Market, is operated by the second and third generations.
Senger’s is a full-service propane gas company. They service the Jersey, Madison, Macoupin, and Calhoun counties, plus St. Charles and St. Charles County, in Missouri.
Bill Senger is the President: his daughters Lisa Senger, Barb (Senger) Bollinger, and wife Marsha Senger work in the office. These ladies work hard answering the telephone, dispatching calls to the drivers, and setting up new clients in the computer system, as well as greeting the customers that walk thru the door.
Bills youngest daughter, Sara Senger is in charge of delivering to the commercial fork lift accounts, and maintaining the BBQ cylinder exchange cabinets that the company has in various places. Sara also sets up the delivery schedule so that the consumer never runs out. Timing is everything.
Senger’s Gas Company …where friendly service is common.
Gas delivery drivers are Bill Senger, Jeff Senger, Rick Turner and Kyle Bollinger, Sara Senger & Kenny Dienberg.
Jeff Senger (son) is in charge of routing the trucks and new tank sets. Jeff works around the clock keeping the business running smoothly by assisting the after hour’s emergency calls and keeping the delivery trucks moving.
Bill Senger took over the business in 1952. His late father, Bill Senger Sr., started the propane company in 1940 behind his tavern, Senger’s Tavern, west of Grafton. Now on North Market, it has 4 bulk trucks, 2 service trucks and a cylinder trucks to serve customers.
Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday. But, since the phone rings in Bill’s home across the street after hours, customers can reach him if they have a problem. There are Emergency numbers listed on the machine for after hours problems. We all live within a mile of the business.
All attended Grafton Grade School and Jersey Community High School.
Bill, now 70, was born and raised in Grafton, he has always worked for Senger’s Gas starting at the age of 15, filling gas cylinders, and painting bottles. When he got out of high school he took over the business.
We all attend School here every day, as dad says SENGER TECH!
Senger’s Gas Co. has been and still is , generous with public service. During the Great Flood of 1993 (they’re situated above the high water line.) they let the city use their parking garage for flood relief, distributing bottled water, food and blankets. They also let the Meadowbrook Baptist Church use one of their building for flood relief for two years, under a program where the church groups from all over the United States came to Grafton to help clean up houses and renovate them.
Propane Pete, the company’s “mascot,” a little figure we use in the telegraph advertisements weekly: