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October 6, 2013

LG man comes full circle

PRYOR, OK — Dave McFarland started his career in the retail lumber yard business 50 years ago in Locust Grove.

And while he’s shared his knowledge with customers in various job locations over the years, the product has remained the same.

“I started working at the Locust Grove Lumber Company in 1963 for O.T. Covey,” McFarland said.

Covey lived across the road from McFarland when he was a teenager.

“About two months out of high school, Covey came over and asked me if I would go to work for him. So I did,” McFarland said.

He worked 19 years there before moving to the Holman Co., then on to Pryor’s Hope Lumber.

“I worked there until they closed, then moved to the Hope Lumber in Tulsa,” he said.

McFarland said he stayed with them until earlier this year, when he and several other employees were laid off.

“They laid 10 of us off who’d been with them for ages,” he said. “A bunch of old-timers were suddenly out of work.”

He soon found work at the Builders Wholesale and Hardware Supply in Locust Grove, or the lumber yard as it’s known around town.

The move has brought him full circle, though throughout the course of his career, McFarland has called Locust Grove home.

“I’ve lived in the same house for 50 years,” he said. “I plan on dying in Locust Grove.”

McFarland was born at the Whitaker Hospital in Pryor. His family lived in Chouteau, but moved to Locust Grove when he was two.

“I remember running up and down the stairs at that hospital whenever I’d go there to see the doctor,” he said.

Pretty much everyone in Locust Grove knows who he is and certainly they know he’s the resident expert when it comes to building materials.

Though if you ask him, he will deny it.

“You would have figured after 50 years I would have learned better,” he said with a grin.

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