Mount Kisco – Where it all started
In 1914, M. Murphy & Sons was started in Mount Kisco, New York. We described the business as “trucking teams for hire” and we used a team of horses and carts. The Murphy sons that were involved included; Bernard, Michael, Thomas, Edward, John & William. When WWII started, John, Michael, Edward, and William were drafted into the army all at the same time! Bernard and Michael had contracted polio and were unable to serve, they stayed behind to run the business.
When the war ended John and William took over the trucking side of the business. The rest of the brothers chose other career paths. This is when the company became Murphy Brothers. It was around 1945.
Murphy Bros operated from the family farm located in Kisco Park, Mt Kisco NY. In 1948, they joined North American Van Lines. In 1950, Murphy Bros moved to a small office on Lexington Avenue in Mt Kisco NY. They also opened a taxi business with their office located at the Mt Kisco train station. They ran the businesses at these locations until 1962. Then they purchased the Parkway Chevrolet building at 91 Main Street, Mt Kisco NY. Their storage facility was located on Route 35 in Somers, NY.
Moving Coast to Coast From “Kisco to Frisco”
Also in 1962, the United States Postal Service offered, for the first time in history, their long distance and local truckload distribution services up for bid to bonded contract carriers. Murphy Brothers was successful in obtaining numerous contracts originating out of the GPO in NYC to every hamlet and town from New York City to Brewster. The fleet grew from 2 to 30 trucks. As time went on, Murphy Bros also obtained many numerous long-distance mail hauling contracts. It was determined that every 5 minutes there would be a Murphy Bros truck going through the Yonkers toll booth. John Murphy Sr would be elected the president of the USPS Star Route Contract Carriers Association. Brother William’s time was devoted to the moving side of the business. William (Bill) was the first mover in Westchester County to make a coast to coast move, as Bill would refer to this trip – “Kisco to Frisco”.
In the late 1960’s, William’s children Jimmy and Brian entered the business. John’s family; John C, Dennis, Patricia, and Joan would also join the company.
In 1969, after high school, John C Murphy was drafted into the army. Upon completion, he would become the operations manager for the postal contractor division. He would continue in this position until 1972 when he purchased a new 1972 White tractor and became an owner-operator for North American Van Lines. The tractor ended its career with 1.2 million miles on it and John drove its final resting place himself. During his career with North American, he was awarded the VanGuard driver award, was a “White Knight” rescuing a lady stranded in a snowstorm on an interstate highway in Minnesota. His owner-operator career was sidelined due to a serious leg injury. At that point, John’s career took a turn into sales. In this position, John’s focus was on COD sales and he would become one of North American’s top producers.
In 1971, John met his wife to become, Ellen while performing hotel installation services at the Holiday Inn in Mt Kisco. They married in 1974 and she became an integral part of Murphy Bros handling the long-distance portion of the company.
Dennis, John C’s twin, received degrees from Fordham and NYU and became the CFO of the company. At the helm, Dennis brought the company to another level which required the expansion of the location and Murphy Bros move to 115 Kisco Avenue, NY. Dennis was an avid ice hockey player while in college and continued playing until his death in March 2002.
In 1989 a new sales manager was brought on board at Murphy Bros and as the focus turned from quality to quantity, John C. Murphy decided to leave the company founded John C Murphy Moving & Storage in 1990. The first office was located at Fallsview Lane, Croton Falls NY. John and Ellen joined Arpin Van Lines as an agent and would be an Arpin agent for 18 years. Their son, John Christopher Murphy (JC) joined the company in 2005 after obtaining a degree from West Virginia University. JC would start his career driving a tractor-trailer over the road in the trade show division as well as household moving until 2008. In 2008, the company relocated to 20 Branch Road, Brewster NY to accommodate expansion and JC took over the sales department. He developed many contacts both in the household and freight divisions.
In 2009 another location was purchased in New Milford CT to accommodate that territory and the volume of relocations and storage coming out of that area.
2012 was a tragic year. Joan died in May of 2012 after a long illness and JC died suddenly in September 2012. The business was carrying on strongly and needed to move again from New Milford to Newtown, CT while keeping the main office in Brewster, NY In 2015, John and Ellen decided it was in our best interest to sell the business as there was no successor to keep the business going. John and Ellen wanted the business to continue at the same level of service they had provided. They interviewed many potential purchasers before settling on John Clancy.
In 2014, Murphy Moving and Storage became an agent for Mayflower Transit; a widely recognized van line with a strong history. Upon becoming an agent for Mayflower, Murphy Moving and Storage immediately ranked in the top tier for quality and performance. Their drivers have been receiving special recognition almost on a monthly basis since then for their performance among a few thousand other drivers. The values of the Murphy family live on strongly.
Words of Wisdom from the Murphy family:
Without a customer, you have no business. Their needs come above everything.
That is also true for the office staff, drivers, and crews. These men and women represent all the time, effort, patience and love that we have put into building our business.
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do”. The Murphy’s loved the moving business.