The Boulder County Business Hall of Fame is pleased to present its Hall of Fame Inductees 1994
Kumiko “Kate” Yoshihara – With her induction into the Hall of Fame, her reputation, just like her business, continues to grow.
Kumiko “Kate” Yoshihara was born a twin in Los Angeles, California in 1914. Born Kumiko Tabuchi, at three months of age she was sent to live with grandparents in Japan. Her parents brought her back to the United States when she was 13 to help with the family.
In 1934, she married Yasutaro Yoshihara, a family friend. They worked in the produce business together until World War II. At that time, because of their Japanese ancestry, the Yoshiharas were detained in a War Relocation Center and their property was confiscated. They were sent to the Amache camp in Colorado.
After the war, the Yoshiharas acquired a small greenhouse in Lafayette and opened a vegetable stand. By the 1960s the greenhouse was thriving, and people came from all over Boulder to buy fresh produce. Kate taught herself flower arranging and corsage making and began a flower shop in the greenhouse.
After her husband’s stroke in 1967, the family dropped the vegetable stand and concentrated on flowers and bedding plants. The business then became known as Lafayette Florist and Greenhouse Inc.
In 1988, it was named one of the top 12 independent garden shops by Nursery Magazine.
Vernon V. Golden 1912-1989 – Vernon Verle Golden loved music and medicine. But it was in business where Golden really shined. Born in Longmont in 1912, Golden played the saxophone at Longmont High School and later in the Joe Cook Orchestra and in the Jitney Band.
After graduating from the Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine, Golden and his wife Marjorie moved to Mississippi, where he worked for the Department of Agriculture.
Upon joining the department, Golden immediately asked for a transfer to Colorado, but he was not able to come home until 1947, when he took a leave of absence to help his ill father run the family business.
When Dr. Golden joined his father in business, he added a ready-mix concrete plant to the successful moving and storage company his father had built. The plant was the beginning of Golden’s Companies as they are today. He retired from the company in 1980.
Dr. Golden died in a Longmont nursing home on Sept. 16, 1989.
John A. TerHar, Sr. – Few businesses are as closely identified with Broomfield as the one John A. TerHar helped established.
TerHar was born into the third generation of a south Denver family. He graduated from South High School.
TerHar worked for a Denver auto dealership for six year before purchasing a Broomfield dealership with his father-in-law, Hugo Sill in 1960. It was one of the first businesses on Highway 287 in Broomfield. Later, TerHar bought out Sill’s share of the business until his retirement in 1990.
Sill-TerHar Motors was nominated in 1987 for he Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry’s Colorado Business of the Year. It also won the Ford Motor Company’s President’s Award for customer service seven years in a row – only one of two dealerships in the United States to do so.
TerHar was one of the founders of the Broomfield Economic Development Corporation. He was a president of the Broomfield Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Broomfield Rotary and Lions Clubs.
Edward P. Trumble – In the case of Edward P. Trumble, Fort Collins’ loss proved to be Boulder’s gain.
Trumble was born Nov. 12, 1924.
In 1949, with $1,000 borrowed from his mother, Trumble founded Leanin’ Tree Publishing in Fort Collins. He later moved the business to Boulder in 1952 in his Chevy convertible. He managed to turn it into a leading greeting card publisher, Leanin’ Tree Inc., and Trumble Greetings Inc. that today employs 250 people and publishes 450 artists.
Since his move to Boulder, he has been a major contributor and supporter of the arts. The Leanin’ Tree Museum of Western Art had 15,000 visitors in 1993. Several members of Trumble’s family today are the company’s top executives. His son, Tom, is president and chief executive officer. Another son, Timothy, and two daughters, Jane Knutson and Nancy Fox, are vice presidents. Trumble’s wife, Lynn, is also active in museum functions and the arts.
Andrew J. Macky – When it came to building Boulder before the turn of the century, it took a carpenter.
Andrew J. Macky was born on Nov. 1, 1834 in Herkimer County, N.Y. He was a carpenter by trade and from 1857-‘58 he was engaged in the lumbering business in Wisconsin.
Upon hearing of the Pikes Peak gold rush, Macky sold his lumber contracts and headed west to Colorado. After finding very little gold, Macky sold his interest in a placer claim for a mule and returned to Boulder, where he was a butcher, along with doing some carpentry.
He built the town’s first frame house, its first brick business building, and its first brick home.
In August 1861, Macky was appointed postmaster of Boulder, a position he held until 1869. At various times, he also served as county treasurer, justice of the peace and treasurer of the town of Boulder.
In 1877, along with Lewis Cheney, Macky organized the First National Bank of Boulder. He was director of the institution until his death, 30 years later.
Upon his death in 1907, Macky willed $300,000 to the University of Colorado to build an auditorium. The cornerstone for Macky Auditorium was laid on Oct. 8, 1910, and was completed in 1922.
William H. Dickens 1843-1915 – William Henry Dickens’ life began at sea, but his success was rooted firmly in land.
He was born May 26, 1843 aboard ship while his parents were en route to America from England. His family originally settled in Canada and later moved to Wisconsin.
In the spring of 1860, Dickens came west to Burlington, Colo. (in what is now Longmont) to join his stepfather, Alonzo Allen (a 1993 Boulder County Hall of Fame inductee). Allen had come to Colorado the previous year in search of gold. Along with Allen, Dickens built the first log cabin in the Burlington community. He also was elected town marshal.
In 1881, Dickens built the Dickens Opera House on 3rd and Main in Longmont. While the second floor housed the theater, the first floor was given over to the Farmers National Bank that Dickens founded. He also helped organized the Farmers Mill and Elevator Co. that at its peak owned 11 elevators in northern Colorado and one in Denver.
Dickens was fatally shot in his home by an unknown assailant on Nov. 30, 1915.