The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 18, 1998 · Page 19
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 19

Salina, Kansas
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Monday, May 18, 1998
Page 19
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W: ' Malcom White, retired owner of White's Armored Car Service in Salina, poses with a picture of the last armored car he bought. TOM DORSEY The Salina Journal Keeping SECRETS of the trade Retired owner of Salina armored car service still protects trade's secrets ByCRISTINAJANNEY The Salina Journal f"WT he money Malcolm White has • held in his hands over the years • could be measured by the ^" pound. None of it was his own. He won't try to give an estimate of how much money he has handled in his career as an armored car driver. It is one of the secrets of the trade. White, 66, owned the only armored car service in Salina, White's Armored Car, for more than 36 years. He sold out and retired in March. White fell into the business by accident when he became acquainted with the owner of an armored car business after working on one of the vehicles in his filling station. Since Oct. 1,1961, when he started the Salina business, he never has lost anyone's money, and he never was robbed. He said his spotless record came from a respect for other people's money. "You were very conscious that you have other people's money. You respected it, and you did not lose it," he said. Despite the potential danger of handling large amounts of cash, White said he wasn't afraid. "I figured when I went out every day if I was running it right and watching, it was about as safe as running a construction company," he said. "It depends on how you run your business. If you run it half happy, you are looking for trouble hi my books." White said he enjoyed the people he met in his job, but he didn't have much luxury to stop and talk on his route. "You have to be alert at all times. When you have someone else's money, you don't visit with them. You might say something to them, but you keep moving," he said. He sometimes worked with his wife, Sarah, as the guard in the back of the truck. They never left the truck alone when it had money in it. He will tell you little about the specifics of the construction of the armored cars or the daily routine of the guards. He does this to protect others in his business. There used to be a sign in his truck that said "What you learn here, you do not take with you." The trucks have changed little in 36 years except for stronger steel for the bodies of the trucks. Riding in those fortified steel vehicles does command some respect. "Everyone looks at you, I know that. They notice you," he said. White is a jack-of-all trades and serviced the trucks himself as well as kept his business's books. He worked hard — 60 hours a week near the end. He had no day of rest. He ran his routes six days a week and serviced his cars on the seventh. "A lot of people don't know what I can do," he said. The business has been hard work, but White said he enjoyed meeting people and earned a decent living from handling other's people money. "I just liked the business. I saw people, and I was my own boss. I worked hard," he said.

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