The Park Falls Area Community Development Corporation has chosen Park Falls Building & Hardware as its 2019 Business of the Year. The award ceremony will take place at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 28 at the store at 645 4th Ave. North.
The business originated in Stratford 65 years ago, where Ralph Chrouser was operating a coal service. When customers kept requesting 2x4’s he began bringing in units of lumber via rail to fill the need. According to family lore, the rail cars would be stacked to the top with lumber and the smallest worker was sent inside to push out one board at a time until the load could be more easily emptied. Chrouser eventually partnered with Joe Burger Sr. and Jens Casperson when they branched out into running a full-service lumberyard and a construction business.