September 5 – Our son asked us the other day about the first car we ever owned, which we would have purchased in the early 1960s. It was a green Studebaker, probably of the 1940’s vintage. We bought it at Grenz Motors, just up Union Avenue to Buffalo Road, and about half a block east. Mr. Grenz was a nice little short man, and he wanted us to take the car after we had made the first payment of TEN dollars!
We were so down and out that we didn’t want to wreck the car before we paid in full. So we walked up to the store and paid him four more payments of $10 each. Since Dale was paid every two weeks at Bearings, it took us two months to pay for that car. David was just a little guy at the time and walked up with me, while daughter Biz was trundled along in the stroller. We didn’t have a car for awhile at first because we took the bus to church or to work when our son was a baby, and then Mr. Akam took us all in his car once Biz came along. – CHRIS