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Does anybody remember the Stenger's Ford bears?
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Mar 04, 2014
4:23 PM
Hopefully someone will be able to solve a dispute among friends about the bears that were in the Stenger's Ford showroom in the 1950s and 1960s. We are debating about the type of bears they were. Were they grizzly bears, polar bears, black bears, brown bears, panda bears or teddy bears? If anyone happens to have an old photo, that would be great.
Thanks much.
24 posts
Mar 04, 2014
5:06 PM
I think Black bear and Kodiak brown bear also a Mountain goat or two.
49 posts
Mar 04, 2014
6:57 PM
After purchasing the worst car I've ever owned in my entire life from them, Stenger's Ford is a place I would rather forget about.
luv my dayton
555 posts
Mar 04, 2014
7:27 PM
Bought myself a new 1965 Mustang. Had no problem with financing and car payment was 68 a month. Don't know what I was thinking but it was manual shift which never had driven before. Drew a crowd when I drove it out of the lot onto the road with all the screeching and jerking but got it all figured out on the trip home. Do remember the bears but have no idea the type. Just know the one in the corner of the front window was on its hind legs and very tall and does anyone know where the bears went when Stengers closed?

Last Edited by luv my dayton on Mar 04, 2014 7:33 PM
176 posts
Mar 06, 2014
9:00 AM
I've purchased several used cars from Stenger's, and remember the bears in the new car show room. Stinger's also had "The Bullpin" stocked with hoopty cars, for those with limitede cash. I'm suprised that "PETEA" didn't show up because of the bears.
2 posts
Mar 06, 2014
4:19 PM
Yes, but what color were the bears??? (I positively remember that there were two white polar bears but need confirmation to convince my buddies.... lol) There were also at least two other wall mounted trophies but I don't know what kind.
luv my dayton
558 posts
Mar 06, 2014
4:32 PM
Only bears I saw were at the stengers in kettering and were brown bears . Once that dealership closed have no idea what became of them. Check with Boonshoft museum as seems like they have some there and they could have ended up with a couple of them. This may be a job for Curt

Last Edited by luv my dayton on Mar 06, 2014 4:34 PM
71 posts
Mar 07, 2014
3:05 AM
I remember their being at least 1 White Bear which stood up on its hind legs while the dealership was on S. Dixie Dr in Kettering. They had some other various stuffed animals as well but this 1 stood out. Kinda creepy when you walked in. Looked bigger than life. You didnt want to get mixed up with a real live one I would say. Dont remember seeing them once the dealership moved out on 725 in Centerville though. Just may not of paid attention to that location. Couldnt help at the other one as it kinda starred you down once you walked in the door.

Last Edited by FreedomWriter on Mar 07, 2014 3:08 AM
joey m
191 posts
Mar 10, 2014
12:44 PM
I worked at Stengers for a couple years in the 60's. I'm pretty sure Mr. Stenger shot them all. The white bear was a Polar bear. Mr. Stenger owned a beautiful home on Rte. 73 that was was a show place. It had two stocked lakes and the house was huge. He had a game room that was decorated with more of his trophies. MR. Stenger was a great person to work for and it was one of the best Ford dealerships in the country. Whwn I have more time I will tell you the story about the arches in the front of the dealership. Larry harmon got me the job there in new cars and Beau Townsend hired me while he was the manager there. "GREAT MEMORIES"
11 posts
Apr 02, 2014
1:03 PM
I worked next door at Kremer Lincoln Mercury in the parts dept.and many times would walk over to Stengers when we needed a part as they stocked a lot more stuff than we did.This was around 1978,I remember a big guy in their parts dept.name of Stoney,another guy named Dusty.I was invited once to go fishing at the Stenger place on rte.73,remember catching some smallmouth bass.I think Beau Townsend at one time also worked at Kremers.I believe parts mgr.at Stengers was named Henry Teeters.Hard to believe how that corner has changed.
189 posts
Aug 05, 2014
12:45 PM
luv my Dayton: loved the story about your screeching and jerking your new 65 Mustang from Stenger's lot! Re the bears, I remember them well.
344 posts
Mar 30, 2015
8:45 AM
I seem to recall the bears being brown and black not white.Mr. stinger had a son named tommy,i wonder what happened to him ?I don't think dad and him got along nor any body else.
joey m
352 posts
Apr 01, 2015
9:56 AM
olds88 I worked for Tommy Stenger at Miami Oalley Dodge in 1967 & 1968. And Stengers hired me in 68 as a salesman The white bear was a Polar bear that hung on the wall and the big bears by the front door were Grizily's. And Tommy and his dad broke relations in the 50's but reconciled sometime in the 70's or 80's.
349 posts
Apr 01, 2015
2:07 PM
Did you happen to know Ronnie Spraur?.I into his brother several months ago and Ronnie is still hustling cars in Texas.Ibelieve he was at stengers around the same time frame as you.
joey m
353 posts
Apr 03, 2015
10:42 AM
olds88 We went to Chaminade in the 60's and were good friends. We worked together at Stengers and ran around Dayton's pool halls, bars and even the drag strip's throwing the Red Card or better known as "Three Card Monte". My wife and and myself were friends with him and his wife Julie.

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