A produce hauler’s legacy: ‘Best job I ever hated’
Eventually my father started his own company, Ed Kimball & Sons, with all five of his children. Even after we all left Greenstein, we kept a great working relationship with the carrier. I’m glad that I loaded bananas in the Kenworth truck shown here at the Port of Tampa, just as my father did in the 1950s and ’60s.
Although both my father and my brother John have died, the rest of us are still trucking. Brothers Glen and Danny Kimball, and Jay Whitford, my son-in-law, are owner-operators with R & J Transport, based in Wisconsin. My brother Kevin Kimball, who drove the Kenworth shown below in the 1970s, owns a small fleet in Minnesota that hauls produce to northern markets.
My nephew, Johnathan Kimball, John’s son, is an owner-operator in Waterford, Wis. My son Ryan Kimball has his uncle John’s truck and hauls produce from Homestead. My daughter Jenny’s husband, Jay Whitford, is also an owner-operator. Glen’s daughter Melissa is married to owner-operator, Doug Holden. John’s other sons Jason Kimball and Nick Kimball, drive a truck and work at a Wisconsin Kenworth dealer, respectively.
The ’60s and ’70s were my glory years. Now, it’s the third generation’s time to shine.
Brian Kimball first contacted Overdrive at its OverdriveRetro facebook page, where posts regarding trucking history and the good old days are welcomed. For more stories on trucking history, to to OverdriveRetro, a micro website dedicated to Overdrive’s 50 years of publication this year.