Home Deliveries Nothing New

“Call ‘Four One Oh’ for free delivery twice daily.”

Advertised heavily, seemingly proudly promoted was that service of Buchman’s Grocery, long gone family business in Council Grove.

Now many years later grocery stores and other businesses are offering home deliveries. It is as if the service is new and completely unique, but that’s definitely not true.

However, not having checked out delivery service highly publicized by numerous companies, most likely it is far from “free.”

More than 60 years ago, there were nine grocery stores in the hometown, and only one promoted delivery services. However, there were a couple others who likely did deliver groceries to shut-ins, and like, whether charging or not, unknown.

Of course, that was a much different time as far as what it cost to offer any kind of services. New cars were about $2,700. Gasoline was a quarter a gallon or less. Employees worked for a dollar an hour. Of interest perhaps, stamps were six cents, and grocery store milk was a dollar a gallon.

Morning grocery deliveries were at 10:30, and must be completed before customer’s dinnertime. Afternoon deliveries started at 5 o’clock.

Sometimes three deliveries would be made on Saturday, since the store was closed Sunday. Before holidays, especially weekends when the store would be closed two days, generally four deliveries were made the prior day.

Through the years, several different vehicles were used for delivering groceries. Earliest memory is of a tan Keiser coupe. “Bigtime” was the turquoise ’57 Chevrolet panel wagon with the store’s name and phone number painted brightly on both sides. After that, various station wagons with storage racks on top were driven for grocery deliveries.

There was no limit on the size of purchase. Many times, a customer only wanted milk or bread. One lady, “This is me,” would call for delivery of a 25-cents package of cigarettes. Yet other customers ordered several large boxes of groceries to be delivered.

The delivery boy, wannabe cowboy going with Dad, without knocking would tromp in homes and set groceries on the counter. Items were sometimes put right in the customer’s refrigerator. “Thank you. Call again.”

“There’s nothing new under the sun,” always higher costs, with very little done for “free.”

Reminded of Isaiah 60:12: “Doors will always be open for receiving deliveries from grocery boys.”



Historic Former Lecompton High School Benefit Rummage Sale Planned

A fundraiser to benefit the historic Lecompton High School is scheduled Friday and Saturday, March 25th and 26th.
Sponsored by the Lecompton Historical Society and Lecompton Community Pride, the “rummage sale” is in the former high school at 620 Woodson Avenue, Lecompton. It will be from 8 o’clock both mornings to 4 o’clock each afternoon.
“The sale will include everything from antiques, collectibles, furniture, clothing, to dishes and much more,” said Paul Bahnmaier.
An official of the Lecompton Historical Society, Bahnmaier explained, “All funds raised go directly to maintenance and utilities of this unique historic building.”

Information is available by contacting Bahnmaier at 785-887-6148, or email lanemusuem@aol.com.

New Books Bring Reflections

“Reading is the best way to be informed about the past, present and future while also having a fun time.”

Always enjoying reading since learning how more than 65 years ago, newspapers have generally been read the most.

However, books have also been a prominent source of reading through the decades taking spurts of frequency.

That fact has come to mind in recent weeks when two unsolicited books arrived in the mailbox free of charge.

The first one had many pretty pictures, a children’s book of sort. Quick fun reading it required only five minutes or so of time cover to cover.

The second book, also a paperback, had a price tag of $17.95 on the back cover. It was certainly more intimidating to start reading.

Opening the front page to the small type and long paragraphs made it look uninteresting. Then leafing to the end of 182 pages likelihood of reading the book seemed even more unlikely.

Yet, relaxing in the leather rocking chair recliner, instinct was to pick the book up from the nearby wooden chair. Then all of a sudden there came an urge to see how boring the book really had to be.

Interestingly, reading began and the book was so intriguing true-to-life, no cover-up or pulling punches, it was impossible to put down.

Upon completion in maybe four hours more less the book’s somewhat complex yet somehow quite appealing writing created serious ponder.

The author had faced so many different life situations not unlike many others and reacted to them head on. Desiring to know more about the writer, an email to the book publisher provided contact information.

There has now been limited computer follow-up with the author creating anticipation of even more possibly becoming confidants. Not intending to give a school book review, the writing opened eyes about interaction of the natural with the supernatural. It is complicated but worthy of contemplation.

Teachers required reading books even in early grade school which really was always met with eager joy. Of course, “Cowboy Sam” was the first favorite. Summer reading programs on Wednesday afternoons provided time away from carrying groceries.

Cowboy and horse books and magazines have continued to be reading favorites with biographies best of all.

 Reminded of First Timothy 4:13: “Devote yourself to reading for knowledge and encouragement.”