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Simon Furniture is the answer for Clearwater History Trivia #639, a special feature to celebrate the history and heritage of Clearwater Country.
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Monday: Been around for decades
Thursday: A change
Friday: Trailers moved
Saturday: Big doors
Monday: A business idea that worked
Tuesday: It continues
Wednesday: Many colors and styles
Thursday: One business in decline
Friday: A companion business
Saturday: Changed ownership
Monday: But still in the family
Tuesday: You could lay down
Wednesday: A special logo like the name
Thursday: American made
Saturday: A younger generation
Monday: Three generations and in-laws
Thursday: An apartment upstairs
Friday: Surrounded by homes
Saturday: The logo looks like him
Monday: Best Chair Company
Wednesday: Sales manager came up with the idea from previous experiences
Friday: Sometimes difficult to get product in
Saturday: They deliver
Monday: Stanton Furniture
Tuesday: US Highway 12 in Orofino
Oliver and Blanche Bittleston spent their early marriage in the ministry, but in 1963 began Clearwater Homes and worked on RV (travel trailers). In 1964, they added mobile home sales and service. In 1978, they went into business full time, unfortunately that was also about the time that the RV business tanked.
Their sales manager, Wayne Simon, suggested that they substitute furniture for the RVs which had been sold inside the showroom. Eventually, the big doors on the side of the building for the RVs were replaced. The furniture proved to be a good companion business for the mobile home sales and service. It kept the building making money. If you look at their logo, the picture of 'Simon' looks much like Wayne (see above) and has the 'Sez' included in their ads.
Christy and Larry Skinner (Bittleston's daughter and son-in-law) bought Clearwater Homes in 1982 and Simon Furniture in 1984. Of course the furniture comes in a variety of colors and styles from couches and recliners to beds and dining tables. Their suppliers are all American made and include Purdue, Best Furniture Company and Stanton Furniture. There is some problem getting stock at this point, but they are able to keep a good selection. Whether it is furniture, appliances or mobile homes, they deliver.
Christy and Larry's sons have also been involved, making it three generations. They have also had some in-laws involved over time. For a number of years the family lived in the apartment upstairs.
The business is located on U.S. Highway 12 in Orofino and is surrounded by homes. It has been serving the immediate and surrounding communities for decades and is still going strong.
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P.O. Box 2444
Orofino, ID 83544
Orofino 476 0733