Godfrey Moving and Storage
Godfrey's oldest son, Homer, born in 1878, quit high school to start working with his dad. Homer married Donna Weissinger, and they moved into a house half a block away from the warehouse, at 114 E. Kingsley.
Their only child, Dama, attended the U-M, where she met her future husband, Cecil Creal. When Charles Godfrey died in 1928, they were living in New York, helping out on his parents' farm. But Homer asked them to join him in running the business, so they boarded a train to Ann Arbor right after the presidential election. Dama Creal always told people "I cast my vote for Herbert Hoover and then came back to Ann Arbor."
Less than a year after the Creals arrived, the Great Depression hit. Few people could afford to move, so the company squeaked by with work for the university and local businesses. In 1933, when FDR closed the banks, Cecil Creal had only $5 in his pocket and couldn't get any more cash. To feed his family, he bartered a large amount of flour stored in the warehouse.
When Homer Godfrey died in 1941, Cecil Creal took over. A better businessman than his father-in-law, he was also helped by the upturn in the economy. During World War II families were following loved ones to postings around the country; after the war, there was lots of work as folks moved into new homes.