A conversation about the family of John and Lucy Sampson who came to Orange County Virginia around 1785, raised a family and saw some leave for Indiana in 1836.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Workday Wednesday: The package clerk
Grandpa Ray Sampson moved his family from the family farm in 1922 and into Terre Haute Indiana. He began a job at Hulman and Company as a package clerk. Hulman and Company was, and still is,a wholesale grocerer and famous for Clabber Girl Baking Powder. Grandpa worked on the 6th floor, the top floor. Always a hard worker, he also was a valuable friend. One particular young man was sent to work with Grandpa when he was home from college in the summers. Grandpa just knew his name was Tony and Tony looked up to and respected Grandpa. A few years into the job Tony graduated from college and his father and grandfather who happened to have started the business died. Tony was next in line. He never forgot Grandpa, though, someone who had been his friend in the unknown days. It turned out that this boy's name was Tony Hulman and he became the owner of the Indianapolis 500 .Each year tickets to the race came to Grandpa in the mail. When Grandpa died, heads turned to see a quiet man enter the funeral home and stand in line carrying a bouquet of flowers. Tony never forgot the man who was his friend when he was really noone. Grandpa taught that it matters how we treat anyone on the job as a simple package clerk.