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Dave Smith    Posted 12-24-2017 at 17:18:28 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Talking of paper routs (long)
  • When I was 15 years old I had a paper route with just over 100 customers. Delivering the Buffalo Evening News. It was a easy route, House to house in the city of Tonawanda NY. I got one and a half cent for every paper delivered. With tips I was making about a dollar fifty a day. That was good money back in 1952. Then the kid that had the rout right next to mine, just quit delivering the papers on his rout. The boss had to take it over and deliver the papers himself and he did not like that. The boss from the news talked me into taking the other kids rout along with mine. Then the kid on the route the other side of me quit delivering the papers. Again the boss could not find someone to take that rout over and stuck it with me. There was two young boys on the route that started following me. I told them that if they were going to follow me, I was going to put them to work. I wold pay them a dollar each a day and we would take a break at one of the delicatessens and I would buy the sodas and snacks. Their mother was a WW2 widow and did not have much income. She thanked me for letting the boys help as it gave them spending money. My Dad could not believe I was at 15 years old and making more per week than he was working at Columbus McKinnon chain. Then I got called in the office. The Government found out how much I was making and I had to pay Social Security and income taxes.
    I would give my mother 15 dollars a week for household use. My dad hit the roof when he found out I had to pay taxes. Dad used to hit me up once in a while for a buck or two so he could stop with the guys he worked with for a beer or two. Draft beer was only 10 cents a glass then. I had lots of money but no time to spend it. When I turned 16 I wanted more time to myself and decided to give up the paper rout.
    I asked my helpers mother if they could have the job. She asked me how much I was making per week.
    I told her it was a 6 day a week job and made almost 50 dollars a week. She cried, and hugged me.
    My dad drove me, the boys and their mother to the news office. I told them what I wanted to do. But there was a problem. The boys weren't old enough to have a paper rout. I told him I was willing to keep the rout in my name until the oldest was old enough in 4 months. He said he could go along with that.
    Their mom sent me a Christmas card and a Birthday card every year for years after telling what went on in the boys life.
    There was a couple of serious escapades that happened to me when I had the paper rout but I will not go into that now.
    Dave <*)))><

    poderac    Posted 12-25-2017 at 14:25:13 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • My father was a barber in a small town. At 5 & 6, I would run errands for the merchants and sweep out shops for a nickel. At 7, I started shining shoes outside his barber shop for .15. At 10, I started washing dishes in the cafe. At 12, curb hopping. At 13, mixing mortar and carrying brick and block for the masons for .35 per hour. Delivered newspapers and mowed yards along the way. At 16, bought a small corner convenience store for 100.00. Left home at 18 and started driving semi. Entered Army at 20 for 5 plus years. Never knew what it was like to have less than 3 jobs at a time unless I was traveling.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 12-25-2017 at 05:52:23 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • When we were kids, in addition to the paper routes, we'd mow grass in the summer and shovel snow in winter to make a few extra bucks. When I was 14 I quit the paper route business; it was time to move on. I then caddied at the prominent golf/country clubs in the Detroit area -Oakland Hills and the Birmingham Country Club. It was seasonal yes, but made $4 per loop plus tip. A round of 18 holes took roughly 4 hours to play so that equates to $1 per hour. I'd usually get two lops per day and sometimes doubles. I got to caddy for a lot of prominent Detroit sports idols -Tigers, Lions, Red Wings as well as doctors and lawyers. Many of todays' kids have no ambition. They think they deserve $15 per hour to sit on their a$$es behind a computer and do nothing and/or play video games. It is a sad state. We are partly to blame for letting it happen. Mollycoddled, marshmallow world, cry rooms, every-kid-gets-a-trophy, mom had to get a job, - you get the idea. I use a line from a movie often, "...well, the world needs ditch diggers too...".

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Island Mike    Posted 12-24-2017 at 19:11:36 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Was not a paper route Dave, but I figured I made more per hour, mowing the lawn for an animal vet, than I have made since then. Adjusted for inflation.

    Island Mike

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