In the 1940's and 50's, families woke up to find milk on their doorsteps. Over the past several decades, however, that service has faded away. As I recently discovered one early morning, home delivery is making a comeback. Meet two neighborhood milkmen in our Someone 2 Know.
We caught up with Lamonte Forgays Jr. and Wesley Marks in Sparks at 4 a.m. They were about to wrap up their work for the day… or night, I should say. We tagged along on Lamonte's route, which he bought from Wesley about six years ago after working for the 81-year-old for years.
They are neighborhood milkmen. They typically head to work around midnight; driving in the dark, merely guided by street lights, but a whole lot of experience. Combined, the two have worked as Independent Distributors for Model Dairy for almost 75 years.
They drive a refrigerator rig from 1966. The Divco was actually Wesley's first work truck. He committed to this profession for one year. "It's been 45 years!" Wes says with a laugh. "We've always worked on the run. I'm obviously not running as fast as I used to. He is not kidding. These gentlemen are running and gunning; they literally jump out of the moving truck to save time. Truly. "You touch the break and whatever pressure you put on the break - it will stop," explained Lamonte as he jumped out of the truck with us still inside.
Their top priority to making sure you get your milk in time for breakfast. It is not a job for everyone, because you work alone at night, but it is perfect for them. Why? Well, the late night hours allows both men to focus on their passion during the day. Both men are Pastors and serve northern Nevadans while they're off the clock. For 19 years, Wesley has conducted an outreach program up at the Washoe County Jail. Lamonte started a small church that reaches out to the homeless. "We also have a van. We pick people up and bring them to church on Sunday."
Aside from that time, rain or shine, "You can call me 24/7", says Lamonte. Whether you want milk, eggs or butter, you can place your order without long term commitment. Lamonte says prices are comparable to what you find in the store and in some cases - even better.
To learn more, call Lamonte at 356-6469 or Wesley at 359-4070.
On a side note, Lamonte's Christ Centered Church is heavily involved in reaching out to folks at the Homeless Drop-In Center on Record Street. Some members of the small church reach out to the homeless there three or four times a week. It is the church's desire to get a larger van, so that members can reach out to more people and bring them to church. To learn more or make a donation, call Lamonte at 356-6469 or visit a church service Sunday mornings at 9:30. The address is 2768 Waterfield Drive in Sparks.
Written by Kristen Remington