I was working as a helper on an owner driven delivery truck in the mid-50s. My boss had a cabinet, window and built in distributor and 4 furniture stores under contract. We were delivering a new refrigerator to an old mansion on Lake Erie 25 miles South of Buffalo.
What was unusual was the invoice said we were to remove the old one for $15. The usual procedure was the customer would ask and pay us at the time of delivery.
When we went into the kitchen, we saw no refrigerator, the owner said it is that room there. The old one was an entire room built onto the house with an ammonia evaporation unit build into the walls and on the roof.
My boss argued with the customer who claimed he had a contract to get the addition removed for $15 and then with the furniture store who was insisting that my boss remove the room for $15 or lose their delivery contract.
My boss made a decision I would not have, so all afternoon and for two more days we attacked that room with crowbars, an axe and hammers, filling that truck 5 times and driving to the dump and hand unloading it. The walls were built with true 2 x 4 lumber, two rows of it with lath metal mesh and plaster on the inside, wood sheathing outside and in between metal tubing locked into poured pitch.
When we left with the last load, the homeowner was asking if we were coming back to replace the siding on what was now the outside wall.