Origins: Would you be mystified to come home to find your house had a new roof? As printed in a
In 1961, he said, he had paid Sears Roebuck and Co. $510 to roof his house at
"The roof didn't leak or anything," he said, scratching his head in bewilderment.
The roofers were no help. All they knew was that they had a work order to shingle the roof.
A spokesman for Sears' Oakland store didn't know anything about the roof either. The store had no record, he said, of
"Perhaps," said the spokesman, "Mr. Jones bought his roof from one of our other stores."
Jones, a 59-year-old telephone equipment repairman, couldn't remember.
"Seems like it was Oakland or Berkeley," he mused. But Sears has no Berkeley store.