I recently received some research materials concerning trucking companies that existed before the Interstate Commerce Commission began regulating the trucking industry. As many of my readers have discovered, some number of applications for authority were declined in the earliest years between 1936 to 1940. A pen individual would have to provide proof that they were consistently operating between certain points in order to be included in what was called f”grandfather rights”. If that proof could not be provided, or if the UCC determined that there was no need for that service, then the application for operating authority would have been denied. Several examples of this are provided in another articles here of Assigned ICC numbers.
A number of companies that existed before regulatory years seemed to have vanished once ICC numbers began to be granted starting in 1936. For whatever reason, these companies ceased to exist and one of the ways to find out about them is researching in older city directions. I have presented many articles about the information found in city directories and have included employee rosters from my research. I find it interesting to discover how extensive of an operation certain trucking companies may have in a particular city. For instance, the small city of Coldwater, Michigan had a massive breakbulk terminal there and I found out about it by research of a Coldwater city directory. A Saginaw, Michigan directory from 1940 helped identify the operations of Blair Transit and Doyle Freight Lines, which later merged together in 1860 to form Great Lakes Express.
I hope my readers enjoy the information that I write about concerning the city directories I use. Any comments about those articles are welcome. Look for coming articles about the trucking industry of 1934 in El Paso, Texas soon.