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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Workday Wednesday: My Dad The Trucker

My dad Donald Ray Kubberness wasn't home much when I was a kid, he had all kinds of jobs, traveling salesmen, ran a chain of laundromats, and was a truck driver of everything you could imagine. 

This photo of me and my brothers was taken in front of my grandmother Dorothy Couch-Robertson's house in Stockton, CA. With her dog Cocoa. This is just one of many trucks my dad drove, but this truck took us away from California to Bismarck, North Dakota in 1979.

My dad drove anything from semi trucks to dump trucks

My dad even hauled the boom for the Prairie Rose in Falkirk Mine in Underwood, ND 

My future 2nd husband at that time was working for Oxentenko and he painted the boom, and we hadn't even meet yet, how strange is that?

Eventually my dad found a great Union ob working for Consolidated Freightways in Bismarck, ND and was home every other day. Strange for us kids to get use to this as I was a teenager in 1980s. But daddy was always a hard worker and he never failed to provide for his family.

In May of 1985 he was transferred from Bismarck, ND to Peru, IL and that was the hardest day of my life. I was just married in 1984 and had my first child and here my family was moving without me.  It was devastating for me. But as they say life goes on.

Heres some history of Consolidated Freightways: 

Consolidated Freightways (CF), was an American multinational LTL (Less Than Truckload) freight service and logistics company founded on April 1, 1929, in Portland, Oregon, and later relocated to Vancouver, Washington. Affectionately known as "CornFlakes", Consolidated Freightways was also the founder of the Freightliner line of heavy trucks, now owned by Daimler-Benz. At its height, the company possessed over 350 terminals, employing more than 15,000 truck drivers, dock workers, dispatchers and management. Consolidated Freightways was once the nation's number one long-haul trucking company and the 3rd largest-ever U.S. bankruptcy filing.

On April 1, 1929 Consolidated Freightways was founded by Leland James as a single truck LTL operation in Portland, Oregon. The company realized expanded growth rather quickly. James was an innovator, and purchased his custom power units from Freightways Manufacturing Company. Always striving to haul more product on a truck/trailer combination, James helped design the first C.O.E. (Cab Over Engine) cab-over power units the United States had ever seen. The power units were lightweight and short, allowing for an additional freight box mounted on the frame of the truck behind the cab (single trailer units). With the short cab-overs, short trailers (hitched as doubles) could be lengthened, allowing for more freight as well. Length laws were stringent in the 1930s, so if a company were to survive they had to be innovative. In Nov. 1951, Consolidated Freightways went public, opening on the New York Stock Exchange at $1.80. The stock was valued at $38.00/share in 1981. In 1981, CF won a case before the U.S. Supreme Court, Kassel v. Consolidated Freightways Corp.. The court found that Iowa's length restriction on tractor-trailers violated the Dormant Commerce Clause.

In 1983, CF Inc. ventured into regional trucking with its spin off Con-Way carriers.[1] Consolidated Freightways' drivers and dockworkers were unionized, and the new Con-Way (Con-way Central Express (CCX), Con-way Western Express (CWX), Con-way Eastern Express (CEX), etc.) were nonunion, creating tense relations with CF's Teamsters.

On April 3, 1989, CF Inc. purchased Emery Air Freight Corp. merging it with their own CF AirFreight operation and renamed it Emery Worldwide. This, along with Menlo Forwarding, was later sold to UPS.

In 1996, Consolidated Freightways, Inc. spun off its unionized long-haul trucking company, CF MotorFreight, creating two separate publicly traded companies. Parent company, Consolidated Freightways, Inc. was renamed CNF Transportation Inc., reflecting the familiar stock ticker symbol of the company (CNF). CNF retained the Con-Way regional trucking companies, Emery Worldwide and a growing logistical systems department.

Consolidated Freightways Corporation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on September 3, 2002, and ceased operations.

April 18, 2006, CNF Transportation re-branded itself under its Con-Way image and continues in business today.

On October 30, 2015, Con-way Trucking was acquired by Greenwich, CT-based XPO Logistics, Inc.

A defaced Consolidated Freightways trailer.
A defaced Consolidated Freightways trailer.

In 1939, CF Inc. bought Freightways Manufacturing, re-branding it as Freightliner Manufacturing. White Motor Company marketed and sold the excess trucks that Consolidated didn't need, as it expanded, creating the White Freightliner name. Consolidated also built their own trailers, eliminating the middleman and allowing for costs to stay low. By purchasing custom trucks from a company they owned and building their own trailers, CF was able to hold a strategic advantage over its competition. Because of a deregulation bill passed by Congress in 1980, on July 31, 1981, CF Parent company Consolidated Freightways, Inc. sold its truck manufacturing business and the Freightliner brand to Daimler AG.

My dad arrived for work in his usual way to find he no longer had a job and that his company was out of business. He lost all his stock. No one had a clue and when they arrived the gates were locked and a notice on it read out of business. These drivers and their families were devastated. 

Dad retired and his pension but those stocks would of helped tremendously. 

My dad will be 85 years old in July and he is still a very active man. If he could still get a CDL he would be on the open road driving once again. I love you daddy!!!!!

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