Clarksville Lumber marks 50 years

Jeff and Renae and Gay and Carol Hempen stand by their parade float celebrating 50 years at Clarksville Lumber. (Cindy Wedeking photo.)

It has been 50 years since Gay and Carol Hempen purchased Clarksville Lumber in July of 1968 from Weinberg and Frudden. And Gay, Carol, Jeff and Renae Hempen all credit the business’ success to community support.

     “It’s exciting to have a mom and pop business exist for 50 years. A lot of businesses end up closing,” Renae Hempen said. “It’s a nice accomplishment, and we attribute that to great community support. We wouldn’t be there without them.”

     On July 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Hempens invite the community to celebrate the occasion with them with an open house and free meal featuring beefburgers, baked beans, potato chips and cookies and beverages. There will also be door prizes and appreciation gifts for customers.

     The down payment on the lumberyard in 1968 was $200.


Read more in the June 28 edition of the STAR.