Huggins' Motor Parts
|When I worked at Crump's, we used to do a lot of business with
Huggins' Motor Parts. So one day after I retired I went over to Huggins' and asked if they
could use some part-time help, and they said yes. They knew who I was because I used to
talk to all the bosses there when I ordered parts for Crump Motors.
They said, "How would you like to be a dispatcher?" They needed somebody to schedule the trucks for the men who deliver the parts. Each delivery man had his own territory, and I had to schedule where they went, what time they left, and what time they got back.
I said OK, but I told them I could only earn $1,638 a year since I was collecting social security and would have to pay taxes on anything earned over that amount. But it worked out OK. I kept track of my earnings, and when the last three months of the year came, I would stop working because I had earned enough money for the year. In January I would come back to work, and start all over again.
job was pretty good. I got to know a lot of people. I met all the new people who used to
come in to the parts house. I got to know many of the customers from body shops and
garages. I also helped out at the parts counter occasionally. If things were busy and a
customer came in and asked for a certain part, I would look it up and get it, and even
bill him for it.
I sort of threw myself into the job, and enjoyed it because I liked getting to know more about it. I always try to give my best no matter what. This thought of doing and giving the best that you possibly can was driven into me from early childhood.
The bosses at Huggins' also liked my enthusiasm for the job. They appreciated somebody taking on the extra responsibility, especially when they were busy, and the phones were ringing, and nobody was available to answer them.