STANTON BROS. (H.B.) LTD
working with Olympic Stationery, seven of them as branch manager in Christchurch), came out of his retirement 12 months ago and joined the firm as a stationery traveller.
One of Percy’s daughters, Connie, who started with the firm in 1955, works on the counter, and another sister, Carol, works in the office on the accounts side. Percy’s wife used to do the banking for the firm: however she retired from this job 12 months ago. One of Percy’s granddaughters, Kathryn, works in the shop on Friday nights and in the school holidays, making the fourth generation to work in the business.
Altogether 14 people are employed at the Hastings store and three in the Napier store.
The Hastings store recently bought out the snooker and billiard room next door, thereby adding an additional 2700 square feet to the 6000 square feet they already had.
Because of the delivery situation in Hastings, the store carries a lot more stock than would a city stationer. They have installed a stock control system in their storeroom, which is marked off on an order basis. David Grainger, company buyer, takes care of this side of the business.
As for Percy. These days some of his time is taken up with helping missionaries. A motor-body builder by trade, Percy doesn’t affiliate with any particular church. His good works include a building for the Open Brethren in Zambia, three months in New Guinea up in the highlands building a dispensary for the Open Brethren and building two rooms on a house in New Guinea for the Salvation Army.
Percy takes his tools with him to a job and leaves them behind on his return. He pays his own fare to the country where he is working, works free and in return the missionaries feed and shelter him. Who said that commercial stationers were a fairly uninteresting lot!
Photo caption – Conference members relax and enjoy the superb weather as they cross Lake Wakatipu on their way to Walter Peak Station.