Sunday, January 3, 2010
The Old School Buses and Public Transportation
DON McKIBBEN writes:
That looks like one of the buses (Guy) owned, at one time he owned 2.....it looks like an early '50's Ford....before '55. There were 3-4 similar privately-owned buses in the Baldwyn area at the time that were used during the week to transport students to school, then take those of us without private transportation to Baldwyn for shopping on Saturdays.....also Jim Barnett from the Friendship area and at least one other one from the Jericho/Geeville area that I remember.
I also remember that the Town of Baldwyn merchants subsidized these bus owners weekly for this bus service, plus each rider paid a small amount to the driver......it seems like the purchase price of SATURDAY $ TICKETS by the merchants included the $'s for the bus owners PLUS the $'s for the weekly drawings. I think I also remember that the bus owners were paid annually by the School District for the transport of students during the week....others may remember more.
Guy's bus provided an additional service on Saturdays......after all the buses arrived in Baldwyn from other areas, Guy would then drive his bus to Tupelo, charging an additional amount for that round trip. The bus would return to Baldwyn in time for those Tupelo shoppers to board the other buses to their homes.....I remember Guy having to discontinue that service when the Tupelo merchants stopped paying him. I probably rode to Tupelo more than most, as I was actively involved in the Lee County 4H Club and we had our meetings on Saturdays in Tupelo at the City/County Building......which also contained the first building elevator I had ever ridden....complete with a full-time operator ! .....(I recall) many more stories about being allowed to travel TO TUPELO WITHOUT ADULT SUPERVISION AT A VERY EARLY AGE !
Also, I now remember at least one other bus that delivered shoppers to Baldwyn from the East side.....one of the Peters brothers....either Orvile or Tulon at one time drove a bus from the Marietta area.
Carl Houston: I also had an uncle who had such a bus for hire to the schools and for private transportation; Cliff Tapp had a route to the Ingram Church, Brice's Crossroads, and West Geeville areas. If you can recall, it was the blue one - being an Air Force vehicle in its beginning service. All the others were yellow, of course.
Photo courtesy of Ellen Mink.
Posted by Carl Houston at 7:25 PM