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They Used to Call at the Kitchen Door
By Dorothy McConnell

In Waterville, Mr. Horowitz, the vegetable man, had a route. His truck was laden down with fruits and vegetables, which my mother used to buy for her nursing home at 132 Babbott Ave.

The milk man used to drop quarts of milk in glass bottles on the front porch. There was a choice of E.J. Manion, C. H. Harris, or Ralph Eastman's “Good Luck Farm.”

The egg man, Howard Eastman, had a route in Waterville, even after he moved to Poolville.

The ice man was Bob Curtis in Waterville and Earl Clipston in Clinton.

In Clinton, Mr. Benn was the Grand Union tea man.

The rag man was Sam One Eye.

The coal dealer was Tom J. Britcher as well as Ball and Babcock. John McConnell worked for them during the winter of 1956-1957. (on present site of Clinton Auto Service)

The Life Insurance man was Tom G. Jones and later Mr. Witterall.

The broom man brought all kinds of brooms to the farm.

The army surplus man brought jackets and work pants.

Mose Bloom with his horse and wagon, brought bananas. He put his kids through college with the proceeds of his work. (Mr. Horowitz did the same in Waterville.)

Joe Sam was the paper and ragman.

The Watkins and Raleigh men also had routes.

Can you remember some others? These are now fond memories for many of us.

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