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Hartselle Enquirer

A look back to trucks

Today—July 20—has been designated as “Ugly Truck Day.” A few years ago there was a commercial aired frequently in which a woman urged: “Don’t you buy no ugly truck!” When we look up the history of the word “truck” we find its most recent meaning to be a “motor vehicle for carrying heavy loads.” Truck farming involves the raising of fruits and vegetables and taking them to local markets by means of a truck.

Jan. 21, 1909— Farmers from all over Morgan County are in a meeting here to consider the best means and methods for putting on foot a truck growers' association for this county. Henry Vanderputte of Cullman is present and is giving the meeting the advantage of his knowledge of such things. Mr. Vanderputte is the agent of farmers of Cullman County who transport their fruits and vegetables to local markets by means of wagons or the new motorized trucks.

May 24, 1910— Farmers in this section of the county have learned that it pays to plant a variety of garden truck for market. Cabbage and turnips have been coming to this market from the country roundabout for several days. The turnips bring variously 75 cents a bushel, and the cabbage is in demand at 3 cents.

Feb 14, 1911— There is much activity in farm lands adjacent to Hartselle, several sales having been consummated the past week to parties from other parts of the state. Land is selling from $10 to $25 per acre that when properly cultivated will make a bale and a bale and a half of cotton to the acre and is finely adapted to truck farming and small fruits as well.

April 15, 1937— Jack Hendrix was painfully injured Tuesday when he fell into a ditch to avoid being struck by a truck.

April 23, 1945— Mayor W. T. Stewart announces that today has been designated as "clean-up" day for the City of Hartselle. All business establishments and residents are to clean up their premises and collect all rubbish in a convenient place for the garbage truck to pick-up and remove.

Aug. 16, 1945— A truckload of people from Somerville attended the revival at Mt. Tabor Thursday and Friday night.

May 22, 1947-– Owners of early model Chevrolet trucks in Hartselle were invited today by Bill Stewart at Stewart Brothers Motor Co. to participate in a nationwide search by the Chevrolet Motor Division to locate the oldest Chevrolet truck still in active service in the United States.

Feb. 26, 1948— While previously serving as mayor of Hartselle,, Mayor Steve Nelson purchased two fire trucks for the city. Also during his term as mayor in 1929, the present fire truck was bought. As the town grew, the need for a larger and more modern fire truck became a necessity. The new truck, which finally arrived last week, is a 500-gallon pumper and carries 300 gallons of water on the truck. Eighteen hundred feet of new fire hose were also purchased along with the truck. Mayor Nelson served as chief executive of Hartselle in 1928-32. He is now serving his second term through a vacancy and was appointed by the city council.

June 30, 1949— Fred Hammond and children, Fred Jr. and Flora, spent the weekend in Birmingham, and returned home in a new red and white checkerboard-painted pick-up truck to be used at the Hartselle Feed & Farm Supply Co. for delivery service.

March 26, 1951— A truck of the Cullman Banana Supply company rammed into a mule-drawn wagon this afternoon on the East Pike near the Hartselle city limits, wrecking the wagon and killing one mule. The banana truck driver was arrested by Hartselle police and later turned over to the highway patrol to face charges of

Nov. 22, 1956— Police Chief Curtis Chaney warned the public this week that it is against the law for curious sight-seers to follow the fire truck when it makes a fire  call.

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