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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.
Peter Christian Jones was a gardener, custom butcher, produce peddler and thresher in the Carbon and Emery County areas. In 1936, he came to Castle Dale with his sons, Carlyle and Lewis, bought the former Alger Auto Company building and started PC Jones & Sons Feed, Seed & Grain.
Carlyle bought the business from his father in 1955, and he expanded it further to include hardware and other farm and garden related products. He had four sons who all worked with him in the business.
One of Carlyle's sons, Pat Jones, wasn't sure he was going stay in the family business. He graduated from college with a degree in industrial education in 1972. Shortly thereafter, his father became ill, and Pat returned to Emery County to assist his family.
He then joined his father, tore down the old house attached to the store, expanded the sales area and joined up with a Coast to Coast Hardware franchise. The store offered Emery County different types of merchandise never provided previously. Pat operated the Coast to Coast franchise until January 2000 when he became an Ace Hardware affiliate.
Ace Hardware provides storeowners great assistance and security with merchandise distribution, special programs, advertising and a recognizable nationwide name.
I was impressed as Pat walked me through the store. House wares, home appliances, home furnishings, hardware, plumbing and electrical supplies, lawn and garden, paint, sundries, sporting goods, a full line of green goods and many other items line the shelves.
Pat's son, Mike, is the electrical and technology guru of the family. He now manages the Radio Shack that is part of Jones Ace Hardware. Although it's one of the smallest Radio Shacks in the country in terms of square footage, the space offers thousands of parts, products, gadgets and gizmos for the people in the Castle Dale area.
For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.