Source: Oak Leaves, February 27, 1947, Ad-

For Your Convenience
Tater Brooks
Filling Station

Just Across from the Tennis Courts

Tater Brooks standing in front of his Shell Gas Station on East Street across from the college campus. Photo circa 1940s. Brooks lived with his sister in the house beside the station.

Tater Brooks in front of his Shell Station, North Manchester

Source: Oak Leaves, October 30, 1947

 "Tater" Brooks Will Reign at Ball State Grid Fest
Spartan's No. 1 Rooter To Be Honor Guest Saturday

McCrillus "Tater" Brooks, No. 1 Spartan rooter, will be the Spartan guest of honor Saturday when the Black and Gold clash with the Ball State Cardinals in the 24th meeting of the two teams.

"Tater", who is retiring from his filling station post tomorrow, has served the college and the community for many years. The 75-year-old Spartan has backed the local varsity, win or lose, and will attend the year's feature attraction in state to see the Spartans win, he hopes.

There will be a special box seat situated for his honor on the midfield stripe in honor of his great services to the athletes and to the school.

Years ago, McCrillus Brooks was approached by a small lad who couldn't talk plain and said, "Hello Tater." M.C. Brooks has been known as "Tater" ever since.

"Tater" has sold everything from candy bars to gasoline and supplied free air to the college and surrounding community for eight years from his filling station next to the trailer cam. The college trailer unit was named in his honor, "Tatertown". Brooks has now leased his station to the Mobil Company and he is retiring to his home beside the station. In the years "Tater" has lived near the campus he has come to be regarded by the student body, as much a part of the campus as the Ad building, or any other building on the campus.