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Furnishing a Legacy

 

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Ferd purchased a small stock of tires and some auto accessories, and filled the gasoline tank. Business was good during the summer and fall months, but when winter came, people weren't driving their Model Ts as frequently. So Ferd also began to sell hardware--work he'd dreamed of since he was a kid. "The aroma from the leather harnesses, the rope, paint, and the sight of bicycles, baseball items, fishing tackle, and guns ... had a special attraction to me," he wrote.

The German brothers, Ferd and Norb, married Irish sisters Mary and Agnes. Ferd and Mary raised their family in a house just behind the store. In 1939, when the Princess Theatre vacated the space next door, the brothers set up their first furniture display. In the early 1970s, Jack finalized the purchase of the third and final building on the corner of Main and Park Streets to create today's expansive, multilevel showroom.

Jack joined the business first, after returning from the Korean War, and helped develop the hardware side of the business. Bob followed a year later after completing his own army service. "Dad had written me and asked me to come work for him," he recalls. "He told me he could see a future for me in the furniture side of the business." (Their late sister, Gertrude, and youngest brother, Pat--who still lives in the area and remains close with his brothers--followed different career paths.)

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