1941 era – Bill Lewis and his school bus
Pictured above is Bill Lewis with his school bus that he drove on the number 7 bus route for 52 years. His “bus kids” were very special to him. He knew every child on his bus and usually drove their parents at one time. He always checked to see why a child wasn’t ridding the bus to make sure they were not sick or in some kind of situation that kept them from attending school. In the forties and fifties, he also drove the Winslow basketball team to all their basketball games and loved that experience as he was an avid Eskimo basketball fan.
In this photo, Bill shows off his first bus and is wearing a uniform but that was for when he worked at his gas station on main street where the bank is located today. In early 1944 he was scheduled to leave for the war and sold the gas station and found a driver for his bus route since he owned the bus. After he was no longer scheduled for the draft he worked in Evansville at the Modification Plant near the airport. He also worked at the Wilkinson Lumber Company and later bought it and re-named it to the Winslow Lumber Company. It always thrilled him when one of his “bus kids” had graduated and moved away from Winslow would stop in to see him at the Lumber Yard. Near Christmas, Bill would always give a brown bag usually with an orange, some nuts, candy bar, a candy cane and small toy to each “bus kid”. He enjoyed giving those out as much as the kids enjoyed receiving them.