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Our Family History

 


In The Beginning...Herbert "Bert" and Elnore "Nora" Coffman arrived at Troy, Montana. Involved in Lincoln County law enforcement, Bert operated a jitney service, and started an automotive repair business in 1914 which became Coffman Motors.
Bert and Nora
The Coffman's were the proud parents of five children, including their daughter, Florence.

She assisted her father in the family business while helping her mother keep the business records.
Meanwhile, Carl D. and Anna Larson moved to Libby bringing the service of blacksmithing.

The Larson's were involved with the early Christ Lutheran Church while Carl and Gunnar worked at the J. Neils Lumber Company. Carl and Anna enjoyed six children, including their son, Ove.

Following high school graduation, Ove attended college at Compton, California and Florence worked at Deaconess Hospital, Spokane, Washington in nurses training.
Carl and Danna
Ove and Florence
As fate would have it, Ove met Florence at a Junior Prom. Following an eighteen month courtship, they married January 1, 1941. They celebrate seventy years of marriage!

Ove served in the Army at Camp Wolters near Lake Mineral Wells, Texas.

The Larson's became the proud parents of a son born November 11, 1942, Daniel Ove Larson... then a daughter, Barb and son, Herb.

Bert fell ill and the Ove Larson family moved to Troy in 1950 to help out at the family business. Soon, Ove and Florence bought Coffman Motors.

A man of vision, Ove added building materials to their line of products. Continuing family traditions, Ove volunteered as a firefighter and Florence provided nursing care in Lincoln County.

Dan was an exceptional young man, recognized early by teachers and peers as a man that would go far. Dan worked his way through college then up the corporate ladder at J. Neils Lumber, St. Regis Corporation, and Champion International. At forty five, Dan was promoted General Manager of the Champion International Libby facility.


Larson Legacy
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Dan accepted leadership at First Montana Bank, served as State of Montana Ambassador and Transportation Commissioner, director at St. John's Lutheran Hospital, Christ Lutheran Church and Lincoln County economic development as Port Authority Commissioner.

In 1994 Dan purchased Coffman Motors, changing the business to Larson Lumber Company, Inc. Several months later, Dan met Bonnie, a customer of Larson Lumber Company. Bonnie's exceptional financial background complimented Dan's vision. She contributed behind the scenes for several years, officially joining the team early, 1997. Investing financially during 1999, Bonnie became an owner of Larson Lumber Company.

Dan and Bonnie

Dan enjoyed mentoring and promoting others to their highest potential - building dreams and making those dreams a reality.

Developing an exceptional team, Dan grew Larson Lumber Company, Inc. into the largest building material retail yard in northwest Montana. A lifelong proponent of education, Bonnie completed several collegic degrees plus lay ministry certification. Bonnie was in the process of enrolling in a two-year Diaconal Ministry program, January, 2007. During February, 2007, Daniel's serious illness was discovered.

Daniel and Bonnie were married March, 2007. But, God had a different plan. In the tradition of his SAE fraternity, Dan accepted illness as a gentleman and quietly returned to Our Father April 7, 2007.

Under the leadership of Bonnie Larson, Larson Lumber Company, Inc. continues to thrive at Troy, Montana. Soon we will celebrate 100 years of service in Lincoln County - a Larson Centennial Celebration!

With gratitude, we look forward to the next hundred years!

Through the seasons, through the years, under the Covenant of God,
Larson Lumber Company, Inc. is proud to serve you and our communities.