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4A Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 Feather River Bulletin ' I People pose in front of Bar's Grocery, the store that inhabited the old Pizza Factory building in 1920. Bud Waller recalls stocking shelves at this store, and many others that no longer exist, during his 76-year long career as a grocer in Plumas County. Photo courtesy Plumas County Museum Bud Waller tips his top hat, going out with style early last Friday in Quincy. Before starting his local deliveries, he made a point to stoptwice a week at 5 a.m. for coffee and a chat with the town's regulars at Papa's Donuts. Waller made a life and a lot of friends traveling through Plumas County delivering goods. Photo by Mike Taborski Grocery delivery business closes aft00.00r nearly a century independent grocer to try to do it. All the big chain stores haul their own products. It's not feasible anymore." "That's all right," Bud's wife, Ellena Waller, chimed in. "We needed to retire anyways." To say Bud and Ellena have a wealth of knowledge of Plumas County's history is an understatement. The two, Bud especially, have seen the communities of the county grow andchange for most of its history. APPLE PECAN FRENCH TOAST CASSEROLE James Wilson Staff Writer jwilson@plumasnews.com After a lifetime of delivering groceries to Plumas County, Bud Waller called it quits last Friday, closing a delivery business that stayed in his family for nearly 100 years. Waller, 80, decided it was time he and hi wife of 60 years kick back and enjoy their golden age. "We're done," said Waller. "It's harder now for an 283-3300 7-2 Every Day Darn Good Comfort Food Since 1976" "Se Feather River Bulletin Postal Service: USPS (No. 188-550.) Periodicals postage paid at Quincy, CA. Published: Every Wednesday morning by Feather Publishing Co., Inc. Office Location and hours: 287 Lawrence St., Quincy, CA 95971. Mailing address: P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. Office is open Man. through Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. How to contact us: All departments: (530) 283-0800. FAX: (530) 2833952. Emaii: mail@plumasnews.com Website: plumasnews.com Ownership and heritage: The Bulletin was established Aug. 11, 1866, as the Plumas National (later changed to Plumas National Bulletin May 16, 1892) subsequently changed to its present name May 7, 1931, which merged with the Plumas Independent (1892 - 1945) June 7, 1945. Published weekly. It is part of the Feather Publishing family of newspapers serving Plumas and Lassen counties. Deadlines: Display advertising: Thursday 4 p.m.; display classified: Thursday, 3 p.m.; legals: Thursday 4 p.m.; news: Fridays, 3 p.m.; classified: Monday 9 a.m. Breaking news: anytime! TO subscribe: Call (530) 283-0800, come to the Bulletin office, use the handy coupon below or send email to subscriptions@plumasnews.com Adjudication: The Feather River Bulletin is adjudicated a legal newspaper by Superior Court Decree No. 4644 (1953) and qualified for publication of matters required by law to be published in a newspaper. Postmaster:. Send change of address orders to the Feather River Bulletin, P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. Michael C. Taborsld Jenny Lee Cobey Brown Co-Owner/Publisher Photo Editor Vice Pres./ Ked Taborski Mary Newhouse Operations Co-Owner/Legal Classified, Circ. Manager Tom Fomey Advertising Sandy Condon Production Manager Kevin Mallory Human Resources Dir., Elise Monroe Vice Pres./Admin. Office Manager Bookkeeper Dan McDonald Sherd McConnell Eva Small Managing Editor Display Adv. Manager Composing Manager Member, INTEO WI'IH California Newpaper INK Publishers Assoc. recycled paper -- -- -- EbDlnTtrl"r Frm I -- -- I Feather River Bulletin P.0. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971 I Please enter my subscription for __ years. I I  End.nd my k for = I [L In County $26 per year [l Out of State $44 per year I 0 In Califomia $37 per year. I I I Name- -- I ! I Addross -- -- l I C,=ate, zlp  I l =s m . =,, = ,.d.. l 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 Bud's grandfather opened Irvine Fruit and Produce, the family business, in 1919. The family delPcered the fresh peaches, kiwis, apples and other fruits grown on their farm in Gridley to Plumas County every Tuesday and Friday. Bud started in the grocery business at the age of 4, tagging along with his father on the routes that delivered to Greenville, Quincy, Portola, Loyalton, Sierraville and Herlong. Seventy-six years later, Bud was making deliveries on that same route. "I remember sitting on the back steps of the Graeagle Store and watching men dump logs into the pond," Bud said, recalling when the Millpond in downtown Graeagle was used for a sawmill. "Some days when it's still warm you can see where the old railroad tracks that ran between the two buildings, where they dumped the logs. Two men were up there moving the logs in the water.". ........ It was at an earl,y atlat Bud started making relationships that spamned not ouly decades, but generations. Bud serviced one family in Portola, he said, through five generations. Bud has seemingly seen it all when it comes to Plumas County. He estimated that in the years he's driven the route, he's logged around 3 millionmiles. Bud started the route when the highway was named Highway 24. Years later, ' Ellena'aud Waller get ready for retirement lastweek:Bud had delfi/ered groceries to Plumas County from his home in Gridley for the last 76 years. Bud started as a child, helping his dad on  the route. Photo by James Wilson during World War II, the highway was renamed Highway 40 Alternate. Eventually, the highway settled as Highway 70. The highway wasn't the only change Bud noticed. When he first started his delivery route, peaches cost 75 cents for a 20-pound case. A dozen eggs cost 19 cents. If you're not using High Sierra Gas, then you don't know "Jack" 65 East Sierra Ave, Portola 530-832-1252 No delivery fees, statement fees, or hidden costs. No games or gimmicks. JUST GAS, AT A REASONABLE PRICE! Locally Owned & Operated "I can remember this one store owner would bring in a case of peaches, open them up and give them a squeeze. If they were hard, he would send them back. Today, it's the opposite. If you bring them in soft, they go back," Bud said, noting another change through the years. Bud's memory reaches far back, recalling landmarks in the county that no longer exist. Bud recalled delivering to the Quincy Hotel during the filming of "Guns of the Timberland," the 1960 film starring Alan Ladd and Jeanne Crain. Bud remembered stocking shelves at Bar's Grocery and Quincy Grocery, the stores that occupied the old Pizza Factory building in Quincy. "In Portola I sat on the back of the old Red and White steps, and watched the steam trains switch cars," Bud said. "In the wintertime when there was snow the cinders were black. In the summer, the cinders would blow all over." Last Friday, Bud ran the route for his final time. Upon the request of a friend, he finished his 76-year-long career sporting his favorite top hat. It was finally time to kick up his feet and take a break. Brighten Up Your Worm with a New Coat of Paint! Interior & Exterior Paint & Stain Commercial, Residential, Big or Small Serving Plumas and Sierra Counties 30 years Experience Discount Pricing There is no substitute for quality BOB IAYMOND PAINTING 836-1339 or 249-3966 CA I-ic. #759277 Open Enrollment for Covered California is Nov. 15, 2014 through Feb. 15, 2015. Do you need to change your plan? Do you want to change your insurance company? " Call Lori Today! Lori Morrell Lomas, EA i /ii CA. 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