It was supposed to be a temporary job, just for a few weeks.

But that was 72 years ago.

Longtime Escalon Lumber and Hardware owner Marvin Schmidt has finally decided to retire, said his son Randy, after more than seven decades in the business. The patriarch is approaching his 92nd birthday, Oct. 27, and with the business location at 1455 First Street previously purchased, the phasing out of some portions of the hardware store has begun.

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