Written by John
The truck on the top is the one Uncle Tom used to drive out to Stony Brook
with Joseph and myself to open up Inglenook at
the onset of summer. The truck was crammed full and we always had two
or three flat tires on the trip. When we rode on Jericho Turnpike around
Westbury (there were no parkways) the tires would sound "pallump, pallump,
pallump" over the expansion joints in the concrete roadway. I remember
too, one year, Uncle Tom singing "It looks like rain in Cherry Blossom
Lane" almost the entire trip.
Written by Jerry
The small truck at the bottom was a Crosley. Uncle
Marcy used to drive it fixing radios. Some of his friends at one time
lifted it from where he parked and moved it so that when he came out from
his call he couldn't find it.
Written by John
I recall a story about the car that is pulling the Spartan
van. One summer, it had to be in the late '30's, Pop hired myself and
"friends" to deliver circulars. He had about 10,000 printed about a special
sale. Uncle Tom drove the car and there were about ten boys arrayed throughout
the car. I remember Frank Rinkor's legs hanging out the rear window. When
we finished and Uncle Tom returned us we met with Pop in the reception
room at East 31st Street. I think he had agreed to pay us each 50 cents
an hour but then he started deducting for the time we rode in the car,
the time we stopped for a soda, etc. and there was almost a riot developing.
Finally he laughed and paid us all, with a little extra.
Another thought, we delivered the fliers in the East New York section
because Pop felt he didn't have any customers from there and could evaluate
the amount of business he got from the fliers.
Trucks used in the
early years of
J.J.Jones and Sons, Inc.