George "Bud" Travis, well known in Windham as the operator of Bud's Corner, also opened the first heating oil business in town. In the late 1950s Travis and Brown, both Windham residents, founded Brown & Travis Heating Oils, which undoubtedly supplied many homes around town with the heating oil necessary to brave New England's notoriously cold winters. As Windham's only heating oil dealer, many residents were certainly glad to give their business to Brown and Travis, rather than an outside company operating out of Derry or Salem. Brown & Travis did not last long though, Travis' interest was purchased by the Brown family, and the business became Brown & Sons. This new operation was run by Hazel Brown and her son, James Brown. They continued to operate the business into the 1970s, and were still the only heating oil dealers in town by 1975.
Derek Saffie is an avid Windham historian who enjoys researching and sharing his collection with all those interested in the history of the New England town.