|Carrier Meyers recalls adding peanuts to pop|
|Monday, October 28, 2013 12:00 AM|
BY STEPHANIE GROVES
DELPHOS — In 1962 when Dan Meyers was 10 years old, he began passing the Herald as a sub for his brother Tom, who’s route was in Marbletown.
Meyers got to know all the paper carriers pretty well while folding papers and getting ready for their late afternoon of paper delivery.
He said his friend, Jerry Kemper, introduced the carriers to a new way of snacking on peanuts and drinking pop all the while having a free hand to fold papers into squares.
“He would take a couple of swigs [of pop] and put the bag of peanuts into the bottle and it would fizz.” Meyers mused. “While he folded papers with one hand, he’d drink the pop mixed with peanuts with the other.”
Meyers described the Marbletown route, which included 113 customers on Bredieck, West Clime, Clay and Skinner streets. He remembers the community being very close-knit and said that they took care of each other.
“While delivering papers, our first break was stopping at Abbey’s Carry-out and buying a frozen Zero candy bar,” Meyers smiled.
When it came to collecting subscription money, Meyers said that he and his brother remember collecting money from their paper customers frequenting Harold’s Bar.
“They would tip us to keep us quiet about where we found them,” he chuckled.
After three years of subbing, Meyers acquired the route when Tom took a job at Mickey’s Dry Cleaners.
“Trying to ride my bike in the winter was a challenge,” Meyers said. “It was always cold, very cold.”
Meyers said one night while passing papers during football season, he was very wet and extremely cold. A customer invited him in, gave him a big blanket and a bowl of chilli soup to warm up with while his clothes dried in the customer’s dryer.
“My mom and dad called the customer and thanked him for taking care of me,” Meyers added.
At that time, television shows included Bonanza, Ed Sullivan and The Andy Griffith Show. He said that Gressel’s, the old Delphos Brewery and the cigar factory — who were still manufacturing cigars — were behind St. John’s School.
“I remember Kennedy being shot,” Meyers said. “My Mom had a scrapbook filled with all the newspaper clippings about the assassination which she cut out of the Herald.”
Meyers reminisced about his first experienced with an underground sprinkler system located on a property on Clay Street across from Garfield Park.
“We had to go up and place the paper on the porch and got caught in them a couple of times,” he said.
He also painted a vivid picture of a peculiar scenario he experienced every Saturday when he collected at one of his customer’s homes. He said the customer would tell him to come in and be sitting at his kitchen table eating cereal, greet him and say ‘the money is in the cupboard.’
“I’d grab a kitchen chair, pull it to the kitchen counter, stand on the seat, reach up and get the money jar and take the money for the paper out,” Meyers said. He would put the chair back and proceed out the door, leaving the customer to his breakfast.