A few days ago I was browsing the Craigslist appliance section here in Portland, Or (we are back from Hawaii visiting friends and family for the summer) when I saw this beautiful refrigerator for sale for $35. I immediately contacted the seller asking if it was still in working condition. After they plugged it in, and finding out that it was getting cold, they contacted me with the good news and I arranged to pick it up this morning.
Upon arriving at the sellers house, we were escorted down into the daylight basement where the refrigerator was located. When I purchase something on Craigslist, the first thing I try to find out is it’s story. So I asked the seller if the refrigerator had been in the family and if he knew how old it was. The seller then peered up a stairway and asked someone when they purchased it. Just then, a grey haired man, with a slight hunch and a big sweet smile came down from the last step and into the room. His name was Oliver and he was 94 years old. I purchased this fridge in 1954 just after I built the house he said.