Mr. Montgomery, Bob to his friends, is a Master Craftsman of office machine repair. Bob’s particular specialty is the industrial era machine you know as the typewriter.
Many of you know Mr. Montgomery as the guy who gets you back to work with little fanfare and a good repartee of additional knowledge of your favorite machine.
Bob started his interest in all things mechanical at an early age. His father encouraged Bob to be useful at the office machine business and Bob soon realized his knack for complicated endeavors.
Originally from Portland, Montgomery went to high school at Broadway High School in Seattle. He worked as a typewriter and adding machine repairman as a teenager before getting drafted by the Army soon after the United States joined World War II. He fixed typewriters for eight months at Camp Beale, Calif. before being sent to Utah for training. After that, he spent a few years fixing typewriters at the Allied Headquarters in London – a job Montgomery calls the “chairborne infantry – swivel chairs, that is.”
When he left the Army after the war, he and his father opened up a typewriter shop in downtown Bremerton, Montgomery has kept a shop in the neighborhood ever since.