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You may have heard of them.
Photos by Danielle A Martin

In 1917, Jeff Black and Jack Sanders jumped on their team of horses and traveled up and down the state transporting goods in an attempt to make a quick buck. 

Now, 100 years later, their service to the community of Tulare County lives on.

You may have heard of them, Jack and Jeff Transfer Co.

How it started

Jack and Jeff followed the mines for work and found themselves in small towns around the Central Valley. Eventually, the two settled in Visalia. When mining fell through for the duo, they decided to start their transfer business.

They packed everything on two teams of horse-drawn wagons and would usually transfer items such as firewood, ice, coal, animals, furniture and luggage.

“Sometimes we would haul aminals in the morning and then come back, wash out the vans and haul luggage in the afternoon,” said Jeff Black, the original co-owner’s grandson.

In 1919, Jeff Black bought out his partner Sanders for $50, the younger Black said. The original office and warehouse stood where the now Keller Williams Realty building is on E. Main street in Visalia.

Three years later, they traded their horseshoes for four-wheels and upgraded to the latest edition 1922, Ford Model T.

After Jeff Black passed away, his son Tom Black and his wife Josephine took over the business and steadily ran it until Tom was in his mid-80’s. 

Tom was short in stature but big in his heart, Black’s wife Barbara said of her father- in- law. He was also a hard worker and would catch a break walking the deposits from the company down…