In the 1950's, my grandpa, Wilbur Silas Carder was awarded "Safe Driver of the Year" twice by the National Transit Company, the trucking firm that he worked for. The awards were engraved Zippo lighters, which were inherited by his sons, Charles and Harold. Wilbur's son, Charles was my dad. Before he passed away, Dad gave me Grandpa's Zippo and my uncle, Harold still has the other one. I was Wilbur's oldest grandchild and the only one who ever knew him. He passed away before my cousins were born. I have very few items that belonged to my grandpa or items that were gifts from him so the Zippo lighter with his name and "Safe Driver of the Year" is a special treasure to me.
Rambling Along the Ancestral Trail
Deborah A. Carder Mayes is a genealogist and speaker in Northwestern and West Central Ohio. She has been researching her family history and actively involved in the genealogy community since 1998.
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