Class of 1952 Open Kayak Business in Downtown Sumiton
On Graduation Day in May of 1952, Bill Strain went looking for a job
at Sears in Birmingham. The Korean War was raging and Bill got drafted.
He didn't have to go to Korea and after he served his time, he came
home and got married and got a job with International Harvester.
He later got a job with the Alabama Highway where he worked until
In April of 2006 he and his son Mark decided to open a Kayak business.
"Mark was doing landscaping but he came to me saying he wanted
to do something else," Bill explained. So they threw in together
and opened Dixie Kayak Fishing. in downtown Sumiton. Their phone number
"We've done pretty good here," Bill says. "One customer
came in to buy a Kayak but he was unsure if he could use a Kayak because
he weighted in excess of 300 pounds. Bill loaded the Kayak up and
went to the Warrior River and the guy got in and paddled off."
"The customer told me that he's fished a lot more since he got
the Kayak because it is much easier to handle and so much cheaper
to operate," Bill says.
Bill invites all his old classmates and anyone else to run by Dixie
Kayak downtown and catch up on old times.