Stories from Kickstarter Supporters – Vollmer’s Hiway Grocery

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The #fundthebus campaign was recently picked as a Kickstarter “Favorite”, and included in their international newsletter among two other projects.  Since then, we have been inundated with emails, pledges, questions.  Most interesting however, are the shared stories and well wishes.

Dave Vollmer of Wisconsin provided me an unbelievable story of his father’s mobile market that ran the roads during the 1940’s and 50’s.  His father essentially mapped out his very own “food deserts” around the Lomira, Wisconsin area.  He outfitted three old school buses to travel to rural areas that lacked grocery stores that were becoming ubiquitous in cities.  Vollmer’s Hiway Grocery was huge hit with country folk and farmers.  AMAZINGLY, the buses that were used are identical to models that we hope to have one day.  Check out these pics from the Milwaukee Journal, taken in 1951. Seriously gave me chills.  Made my day.

This is exactly what we aim to do folks. Bring simplicity and community back while concurrently addressing an overlooked problem that needs immediate attention.  Thanks Dave from Wisconsin.  Perhaps we’re channeling some of your father’s energy.  Cheers.

Al & Anita Vollmer, store
Al & Anita Vollmer, store
Dad's bus
Dad’s bus
Lomira Store
Lomira Store
Milwaukee Journal - 1951
Milwaukee Journal – 1951
Milwaukee Journal 1951
Milwaukee Journal 1951
School Bus - pre retrofit
School Bus – pre retrofit