One of my grandsons sent me a picture of the old Sages Complete Market located on Baseline and “E” Street where the San Bernardino City Adult Education School is now. I told him not only did I remember Sages, I used to chauffer the owner Mr. Milton Sage to board meetings for California Electric Company headquartered in Rialto. Mr. Sage was a board member and I was a Garage Attendant/Chauffer working in the garage on Pepper Ave. before Edison took over in 1964. When I was not driving, I detailed and serviced cars in preparation for repairs by the mechanics.
Since my grandson was interested I shared with him that I also chauffeured the owner of the Denver Broncos, Mr. Gerald Phipps, who was also a board member of Cal Electric when the board met in Rialto.
I drove Mr. Milton Sage, Mr. Fred Olendorf, Jr. and Mr. James Krieger of Best, Best & Krieger to Pacific Palisades for the signing of the papers to sell Cal Electric to Edison. I did not know the historic significance of that business transaction at the time, which made Edison one of the largest electric companies in America. My orders were simply to pick them up, wait for them, and return them home.
I also told my grandson that Jack Brown the CEO of Stater Bros. Market worked for Sages at one time.
This history is recounted in the book California Electric Power Company 1904-1964 by Laura L. Klure, the daughter of Cliff Gallup the man who hired me in the transportation department in 1962.