The work horse that started our business, 1950 Chevy 1/4 ton pickup
WE lived in the outskirts of Charlotte, NC. A place called Paw
Creek (locally known as ‘Tank-Town’ for its many gasoline storage tanks of
several large oil companies). Sherry wanted to live in her hometown of Belmont.
But the best we could so was a large lot in Mt. Holly the adjoining town.
I drove a ’50 Chevy p/u. Sherry was working in Charlotte and I
was going to work full time to build the house. We had a small travel trailer.
I built a small pole shelter for it and we started clearing the land. It was
fully wooded. We were both right at 40 years old. WE dug stumps and loaded the
truck by using levers ramps and come-a-longs. We lived full time in the little
trailer and Jack Jr lived in our Paw Creek home that was up for sale.
WE laugh together when remembering the time Sherry got so tired
and hot that she just laid down in the little 2’ wide spring fed creek we had.
Shortening the story, we built the house completely ourselves
except the heating and A/C. Sherry helped me dig, raise walls, hang drywall and
paint. She helped roof it although she was a little scared..
The hardest job we both agree was when I ordered 32 yards of
concrete finishing an entire driveway with a rented trial machine and homemade
tools.. Concrete does not wait on you.
We finished the split level home complete with two fireplaces,
double garage and basement. Selling the home in Paw Creek we paid back the
money we had borrowed on handshakes and were debt free.
As WE built, I was dreaming of becoming a