Carl Cummings was one of the "big wheels" at the Shasta Lumber Corporation in Weed, California. Marian Staley was one of his employees. She did not care for his imperious nature. However, in May 1952, to the town of Weed's surprise, the town gathered enough signatures to convince the logging companies to purchase an ambulance, and the companies agreed. Carl Cummings himself told Staley and the other employees about the companies' acceptance.