Vernon Hord remembers giving his daughter Katie washers and pieces of PVC pipe to play with when she was a child. Now Katie Hanus does the same for her elementary age children.

Vernon Hord and his wife Joni took over the ownership of Crosby Ace Hardware, now at the southwest corner of FM 2100 and Wahl Street in 1978 — the business had existed since the 1920s.

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