It’s hard to imagine a business opening its doors in 1929 still being around today.
Being open 87 years is hard enough. But it’s the year it opened that makes it even more of an accomplishment.
1929 was the start of the worst economic era in United States’ history. 1929 was the start of the Great Depression.
But in 1929, Charles Gifford opened Gifford Lumber Company, which is still open today in Fredericktown, Missouri.
Gifford sold railroad ties and hardwood lumber for flooring when he started. The company grew to offer hardware and paint products while specializing in building custom homes and commercial buildings in the 1940s.
He expanded the business to Farmington, opening a location in St. Francois County to help supply a growing area. In 1965, Gifford retired at 80 years old, leaving the business in the hands of his son Leroy. They concentrated on the retail side of the business, phasing out the contracting side.
Gifford Lumber hasn’t always been at its current location. It grew over the years, expanding and doubling in size in 1984, before moving to the intersections of Highways 67 and 72 in 1998. Leroy passed down Gifford Lumber to his son Mike and Mike’s wife Penny, and their daughter and son-in-law, John and Missy Clark, who are now running the business.
Their motto for years has been, “Quality at the Right Price,” and they do their very best to honor that today. Gifford Lumber is open Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Saturdays 7:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. You can find them online at www.giffordlumbercompany.com, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/giffordlumbercompany.