It all started in 1958, when my parents decided to acquire a 3-acre piece of land near Bakersfield, California. The site was suitable for summer campouts.
The next two summers were spent camping and building a cabin on the property with my parents and uncle. Eventually a borrowed utility trailer was returned and my uncle bought a new 1960 Chevrolet half-ton pickup to haul the building materials to the site.
Many trips were made for this purpose until 1975 when they sold the property and dad moved to Glendale, Ore. He hauled many of his belongings in the pickup he bought from my uncle. At this time the truck’s engine was rebuilt along with new brakes, clutch, upholstery and a new canopy. The pickup functioned as a farm vehicle on his 15-acre property. It helped clear the land, carried firewood and hauled building materials again for a house at the location. That task was completed.
Years later when dad passed away in 1988, I inherited the truck. For the past 26 years it has served our family as a daily work truck in the Portland area. It has helped friends move, made trips to the landfill, hauled our scout troop’s equipment to Camp Baldwin and temporarily stored garage overflow.
This vehicle has been in our family since purchased new. After 54 years it is still reliable and all original, including the paint. It hasn’t been restored.
Dennis Oswald is a Roseburg resident. He still drives his pickup on a daily basis, mainly running errands around the Roseburg area.