Hauling Silk

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Hauling Silk

A thumbnail sketch of Arrow Carrier Corporation’s early days

by William J. Wright, Pittsgrove, New Jersey

When we look at photos from the very early days of trucking, they make us wonder how it was possible for those trucks to cover long distances on a regular basis in order to deliver goods. Certainly trucking then was fraught with difficulties we no longer have to deal with today. But the basics of meeting a customer’s needs in a timely, efficient, and economic manner have not changed.

During World War I, John E. Ackerman was stationed near Allentown, Pennsylvania, where he became acquainted with local silk manufacturers. He observed many problems with delayed, lost, or damaged shipments that resulted in very dissatisfied shippers. Immediately after his discharge from the army he lost no time in organizing a new company to transport raw silk and finished silk products from New York City to the dyers, finishers, and manufacturers located in Paterson, New Jersey.

By the spring of 1920, The Arrow Carrier Corporation was furnishing daily service from New York City and Paterson, New Jersey, to Phillipsburg, New Jersey; and Easton, Bethlehem, and Allentown, Pennsylvania, hauling nothing but textiles for the silk industry. Arrow’s officers were John Ackerman, President; James J. Buckley, Vice President; and Robert F. Buckley, Secretary.

Within a few years, security became a serious issue when the price of silk soared. In 1923 an Arrow truck was hijacked...

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