Godfrey Moving and Storage
Bob Creal remembers moving the university's grand piano from the Clements Library to Hill Auditorium and delivering voting machines to polling places for election days--especially challenging in the days before handicapped access laws, when the heavy machines often had to be taken up sets of stairs. He also remembers unloading materials for prefab houses when Easy Street was being developed.
When the Creals sold the business in 1956, Cecil shared some memories with an Ann Arbor News reporter about three moves that he considered "outstanding." "The first was the two-van haul of the Beal furniture in 1951 to Martha's Vineyard ... the ferryboat nearly sank under the weight." The furniture was being shipped to Junius and Ella's daughter, Loretta, whose husband, Albert Jacobs, was president of Trinity College.
The second job, in 1954, was packing and moving medical books which had been stored all over campus to the new Medical Science Building at Ann and Zina Pitcher Place. Bob Creal remembers hot summer days up in the stacks of the library, dusting off books that hadn't been touched in years. By the end of the day he was totally black.