Both were established auto mechanics. 'Van' Vansant had been been with a Ford agency for the previous 18 years, and in auto service for a total of 28 years. Johnny Klingemann was a veteran of World War II and had moved to Kerrville eight years earlier from Austin.
Their business must have been very successful, because in six years they expanded their facility, more than doubling their floor space. The owners Van and Johnny held an open house Saturday, February 14, with coffee and doughnuts.
A photo caption in the newspaper read:
Ready for their open house Saturday, L. W. Vansant and Johnny Klingemann are shown in their greatly enlarged V-K Service Garage. Floor space was more than doubled in the addition, and the owners say it is the largest independent garage in the Hill Country. Perhaps Van and Johnny are estimating how much coffee and doughnuts their visitors will need Saturday.
In June 1989, Belle Vansant's obituary appeared in the Kerrville Daily Times. She was age 88. The obit reported she was a Georgia native and had married Lester Wilson Vansant in 1927 in Alabama. Also a Georgia native, he died September 4, 1984, in Kerrville. They are buried at Garden of Memories.
Residents of Kerrville since 1932, Mrs. Vansant and her husband were co-ownersof V-K Garage, where she served as bookkeeper for 15 years. He retired from the business in 1969.
The other initial co-owner was John H. Klingemann. By 1972 he had become a broker with John McCollom Realty. Klingemann, who was born in 1921 in Hays County and died in Kerrille June 21, 2008, is also buried in Garden of Memories next to his wife Virginia.
It appears that the business was sold about 1969, but I don't know the new owners.
The V-K Garage continued in business until early 2000. By April 2000 the business had closed and the contents were auctioned off. In September of that year the V-K Garage became a stage for Playhouse 2000 while the city auditorium (now the Cailloux Theater) was being redone. The small theater continues to host theater-in-the-round productions.