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Wabash man celebrates 60 years as business owner

Wayne Sparling wanders through the auction barn in Shipshewana, looking for items he can sell at his business, Kitchens Plus Country Store. Sparling (bottom left) takes a break from the auction hand has a refreshing cup of coffee. Photos by Harold V. Chatlosh

By Emma Rausch

Since 1957, Wayne Sparling has been a Wabash small business owner.

Sparling married Beverly Wolfrum in 1954 and, three years later at the age of 23, he started his first business.

“I had just gotten out of the service and, about a year after I got out of the service, we started (the business),” Sparling told The Paper of Wabash County. “I started the store as South Side Electric. We did electrical work, custom cabinetry, we did antennas, towers and that kind of thing, and when TVs came out, we got into the TV business and we ended up selling appliances, which we (kept selling) until about 10 years ago.

“We sold some of the first TVs in Wabash. In fact, we were the first spot that the cable company … set up a test cable in our store.”

Posted on 2017 Dec 12