My grandfather, Henry Junior Roemerman, died last year. Books have always been highly valued in my family. So when we started the process of sorting and distributing a lifetime of things, books where high on my fathers list of items to keep.
One book my father took was my grandfather’s 1943 Bluejacket’s Manual.
The bluejacket manual is a book that millions of new recruits, spanning six wars and countless operations, use to get their first glimpse of the Navy.
Inside he found newspaper clipping concerning my grandfather’s days delivering papers
DELIVERS PAPERS BY TRUCK
Junior Roemerman, who delivers the Des Moines Registers in Blakesburg, makes his “rounds” over town in a big truck leaving the papers at the homes and places of business early in the morning. He is quite a hustler and strictly business all the time. He uses Saturday morning as a collection time and everyone who takes his paper always has the change for him.
This strengthens a lesson I have already learned; never toss an old book with out scrolling through the pages at least once. You just might find a treasure, and if you are lucky it might be something tucked in among the pages.
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