Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to share family history through old photographs.
This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt is transportation. My paternal grandparents’ entrepreneurial venture with public transportation was a financial disaster for them, but I have only good memories of the Burlington Cab Company.
Granddaddy Slade was a victim of bad timing. He bought a taxi company about the same time that the city of Portsmouth introduced busses. The competition with cheap public transportation was too great to survive in the taxi business. Ever positive and confident in the viability of taxis, he and my grandmother moved to Burlington, North Carolina and purchased another struggling cab company.
In 1952 Daddy moved us to Burlington to help his parents by driving a cab for them. We lived in their house. The office and taxi garage were in the backyard. There was also a kennel for Granddaddy’s beagles next to the little office.
|Cabs parked beside our house|
|Home of Fred and Julia Slade|
|Granny Slade between the office and kennel|
Even though I was very young, a few memories are crystal clear:
- Brushing and “styling” Granny’s hair as she sat in the office working as the dispatcher
- Riding in the front seat of Granddaddy’s cab and talking to my granny on the two-way radio
- The smell of the garage
|What a cute brick building --|
I wish I could remember what it was used for.
- The sound of bottles tumbling down the chute of the Coke machine in the garage
- The taste of one of those Cokes that Granddaddy would buy for me
- Sitting on top of a doghouse while Granddaddy fed his hunting dogs
- The big round Coca Cola sign at the corner of the yard welcoming us home
|Cousin Mary Lois Slade|
Unknown with dog
Granny Julia Slade
Call a cab or hop on a bus because the Sepia Saturday train is pulling out!