Posted by: marthabernie | April 16, 2016

Lawn Mowing Service – About 1955

007bMy father worked for Standard Oil/Chevron at the El Segundo, California refinery for more than 30 years.  For most of those years, he worked shift work and the shifts changed every week.  I don’t know how he ever adapted to these weekly schedule changes, and I would not doubt that it took years off his life (he died age 61).  However, it did have some advantages:  he learned to sit down and immediately go to sleep at a moment’s notice no matter where he was, and we never got bored with holidays being the same.  We would have Christmas dinner at noon,  4 pm or at 6 pm, depending on when he had to be at work and when he slept.  It drove my mother crazy from time to time, especially when he was at home all day, “under foot.”  However, he did all the home repairs, he loved working in the garden, and he even started a lawn mowing service on his days off.  We had a relatively new car but he bought the old truck above and made (yes, made himself as a DIY project) the trailer to cart around all his mowing and gardening gear.  The trailer also got used for carrying all the camping gear we took to the High Sierras and other places for long family fishing vacations.  Photo above was taken in front of our house on Flower Street, Inglewood, California, and that’s my brother Richard on the left and Larry on the right.  They helped with the mowing when they were not in school.  I don’t know what happened to that old truck but I do know it was replaced with a 1941 Chevy when it gave up.  He also gave up the lawn mowing service when he moved to 64th Street, also in Inglewood.

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