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Godfrey Moving and Storage

 

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Bob Creal, Cecil's son, started working at the warehouse when he was twelve. He recalls that all three floors were filled with storage bins arranged in aisles, each "about ten feet by ten feet, separated with something like chicken wire." This arrangement allowed the free flow of air to avoid mold.

The largest items were kept in the basement, including giant paper balers so heavy they had to be moved on rollers. It was also the only place the workers could smoke. Bob Creal remembers that his dad was "death on smoking. He could see that with all that wood, one spark was all it would take to start a fire. Back in the days when everyone smoked, if he caught any of his workers with a cigarette anywhere except the basement furnace room, they would have been fired on the spot." Although most of the work was in the summer, Cecil Creal kept a skeleton crew of experienced workers year round. During the winter months they hung out in the furnace room and played euchre between jobs.

A loading dock ran across the Fourth Avenue frontage and along the north side--in cold weather, hobos were sometimes found sleeping beneath it. The north part was replaced by Kerrytown's parking lot. The Fourth Avenue frontage was dug out in the mid-1990s to provide access to a short-lived brewery and bakery in the basement; the colorful silo in the parking lot was also added then.

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