He used shared bike for paper deliveries

From our March 2013 issue

By Jack Pickett – Red Deer, Alta.

When I was 12 in 1945 growing up in Shaunavon, Sask., my parents bought a used bicycle for me and my younger sister, Florence. They paid a neighbour $12 for the well-used bike.

Jack giving his younger sister, Florence, a ride on the crossbar.

I was to share the bike with Florence, but because I had a paper route, delivering the Regina Leader Post, I needed it more than she did, so it seemed she didn’t get to ride the bike much.

The bike needed parts badly, so I would go to John Hughes Hardware and ask Gordon Speirs how much a part would cost and he always said, $4 but it was only 25¢ or so.

Needing tires and tubes for the bike, I went to the Reliable Vulcanizing Work and made a deal with the owner Raymond Traun.

I delivered the paper to him so he suggested I deliver the paper to him for payment of the tires and tubes which was a grand total of $7.

At 20¢ a week, it would take about 35 weeks to pay. It worked out that I paid for the tires before they were worn out.