Milkman for the 21st century Around Town, posted by Editor, Danville Weekly Online, on Jun 5, 2012 at 4:05 pm
Remember the milkman? In many rural and suburban communities across the United States, home milk delivery was as American as mom's apple pie, but it has since disappeared from the suburban landscape. But one Alamo man continues the tradition.
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Posted by guynextdoor, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Jun 6, 2012 at 10:13 am
I worked on a milk truck to earn money for college the summer after I graduated from high school. It was a Divco. It had the throttle on the shift lever and a hand brake so the driver could stand up and drive and exit that side of the truck while I went out the other side. There were 2 routes that we served on alternate days. I had to walk 2 miles at 6:00am to meet the truck on one of the routes. One route finished at about noon and the other at 2:30pm. Before Divcos there were horses. The horses would learn the routes and would move on to the next stop as the driver made 2 deliveries and walked back to the truck. Old trade joke: a woman leans out of her second floor bedroom window clutching her robe at her throat, " oh milkman do you have the time"? "yes lady I have the time but who's going to hold my horse". Bakery trucks were common as well as were grocery delivery trucks. The customer would phone in her order to the market and the butcher shop and the delivery would pick up at all the stores and deliver her groceries to her kitchen table including putting the milk in the refridgerator.