It is sad to witness Sears closing its doors. In addition to faithful employees losing jobs and being stressed by having their families needing to adjust, it is sad because Sears has had a great history of contributing to the growth of our country. For more than 125 years, Sears provided the home furnishings, clothing, kitchen wares, kit homes, paint, building materials, implements and tools important to the lives and home of farmers, suburbanites and city dwellers.

I became a loyal customer starting in 1966 and 1968 when Sears purchased my two Grand Champion market steers at the Antelope Valley Fair and Alfalfa Festival, in Lancaster, Calif. In 1965, my brother, Tom, and I entered the 4-H Calf Scramble contest and both finished the catching and corralling task as one of the four to earn $50 apiece toward the purchase of a 4-H beef project for the next year’s fair.

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