Saturday, January 28, 2012
1928: THE BEGINNING OF THE END FOR A GLOVER ENTERPRISE
I'm told my father was really enthused as he purchased "Gill's Express" from Mr. Davidson back in 1928. It turned out to be a classic case of bad timing. Little did he know that a year later the country would crash into the "Great Depression." Gill's Express had a growing list of customers before the crash. The main customers were Trenton's thriving pottery industry where most of his income originated. With the coming of the crash, he found that his customers were victims of the depression and as they went "Chapter 11," he lost a sizeable amount of money. Long story short: His income began to shrink and when the telephone company cut off service to Gill's Express, my father lost it all and the Glover family was added to the many families who were "on relief;" the depression era equivalent to "welfare." My father ended up as a laborer in Franklin D. Roosevelt's "WPA" program.