Labor Day weekend proved to be action-packed for David and Bill Scribner.

The father-and-son duo got to work early Friday with efforts in moving a historic home from its original address along Oak Street near David City High School to a new location in the west side of town on E Street. But on Saturday night, the Scribner men, along with many loved ones and community residents, celebrated 70 years of business for Scrib’s Moving & Heavy Hauling inside the David City Auditorium.

“My dad is 74 and I’m 40. I wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate with him,” said Bill, who co-owns the business with his father. “So we decided to celebrate these 70 years.”

David said the celebration proved to be a special event.

“It went really well,” he said, noting there were about 200 people in attendance.

Based out of David City, Scrib’s has in its seven decades of business been a specialist for heavy lifting and transport ranging from brick to wood-frame apartments, buildings, barns, train cars, transformers, grain bins, tanks and more. It serves all over the Midwest, including in Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri.

But all of it wouldn’t be possible without the idea that was hatched by Bill’s late grandfather and former Schuyler resident Fenton Aldridge “F.A.” Scribner, who moved his first building with nothing more than screw jacks, welded axles and World War II track trucks.

“He was a great guy,” Bill recalled of his grandfather, who passed away in the 1990s when Bill was a teenager. “He was always tinkering around on things. He was probably the smartest person I ever came across in my life. He could just take things apart and build them better.”

The community celebration came just four days after what would have been F.A.’s birthday (Aug. 27).

“It was kind of my idea,” Bill said. “This 70th anniversary means a lot. A lot of knowledge has been passed down. A lot of people in this community, we’ve worked for them. It’s just awesome the fact we’ve been in business 70 years as a family. It’s almost unheard of, and I appreciate it.”

It hasn’t come easy, though. Bill said it can be a challenge being on the road so much when it comes to family, but that he’s fortunate to have a “beautiful and caring” woman as his wife and three loving children, 16-year-old Anthony, 13-year-old Joseph and 12-year-old Hannah.

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“It’s a hard knock life, but I enjoy it,” Bill said.

Working alongside his father makes the milestone that much more sweet. Bill got his start in the business when he was just a child and has been involved in some capacity other than during his stint in the U.S. Navy (1999-2005) (his dad, brother and sister also are all veterans of the U.S. Navy).

“Just like any family, we have our moments where we just can’t wait to get away from each other for a while,” Bill said, with a laugh. “But my dad gave me the breath of my lungs, the knowledge to do what I do. I don’t know where I would be without him.”

David shared a similar perspective, praising his son.

“It does mean a great deal,” he said of working alongside Bill. “We’ve done well and my son is going to continue to do well after I’m gone.”

Kelcie Keeling, executive director of the Butler County Chamber of Commerce, praised the Scribner men on the success of their longtime business. She said 70 years of service is a remarkable accomplishment and speaks volumes to their work ethic, customer service and commitment to building their clientele. 

The father and son made quite the dynamic duo on Aug. 30. David was steering the truck with the house attached on back, while Bill, with some help from a few others, led in guiding him down the street without having the home touch any telephone poles. Dozens of people stepped outside of their offices to watch the men at work. It didn’t seem to bother either of them, as it was just another day in their world. There’s no doubt in Bill’s mind how F.A. would feel about it all.

“I think he would be proud,” he assured of the company’s success. “He would be proud. He really was a great guy.”

Scrib’s Moving & Heavy Hauling can be reached at 402-367-3835.

Matt Lindberg is the managing editor of The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at matt.lindberg@lee.net.

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