The Boulder County Business Hall of Fame is pleased to present its Hall of Fame Inductees 1996
J.D. and Everett Long – J.D. Long founded his family business, Long’s Gardens, roughly 90 years ago. The company began as a variety store with flower and vegetable seeds, herbs, garden tools and household supplies. J.D. later expanded into the seed business, selling by mail and soon issuing Long’s Gardens first catalog. The company soon became nationally and internationally respected for its quality and its work with irises.
Everett Long, the son of J.D., is a prominent Boulder County citizen who had served on many boards, including those of the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, the Rotary Club and Town and Gown. Under Everett’s direction, Skyscraper Reservoir was built, located at upper Woodland Lake at an elevation of 11,000 feet. Everett has helped shape pivotal water conservation and development policies in Boulder County, upholding the traditional role of Long’s Gardens as an integral part of the Boulder business community
Thomas S. Hendricks – One of only five residents of Caribou, Tom Hendricks has been president of Hendricks Mining Co. since 1974. He used the mining company to reopen and operate the Cross Gold Mine at Caribou, considered one of Colorado’s most modern, fully permitted small mine operations. Hendricks Mining Co.’s property base at Caribou consists of 36 patented claims and 30 unpatented claims.
Tom has been president of the Boulder County Metal Mining Association since 1978 and served as president of the Jones and Donnelly Ditch Co. in Boulder between1982 and 1986. In addition, he is a trustee for the Western Museum of Mining and Industry near Colorado Springs. In 1988, Tom was honored with the Nederland Nugget Award and Duke Heroism Award for a mine rescue.
Karen Mulholland – In 1974, Karen Mulholland opened Karen’s Country Kitchen, Inc., a successful gift shop and restaurant and a Louisville tradition. Seventeen years later, she added Karen’s in the Country, a large Victorian house that is the site for weddings and parties. Karen has long donated her food and services to Boulder County events such as the Porter Care Avista Golf Classic and the “Apple Dazzle” for the Foundation for Boulder Valley Schools and organizations such as the Louisville Historical Museum, the Louisville and Lafayette Chambers of Commerce and the Boulder County Safe House.
Karen received the “Louisville Chamber Business of the Year Award” in 1989 and was awarded “outstanding” recognition at the Esprit Entrepreneur banquet in 1990. Karen is active with the Taste of Colorado, and her homemade items are in demand across the United States and abroad.
Joseph John Huddart – Joseph Huddart came to Broomfield from Brush, Colo. With $10 in his pocket. In 1924 he purchased the Broomfield Lumber Company, which he operated until 1980 with his good friend and next-door neighbor Glen Mosher. Local farmers knew him for his generosity; he let them postpone their payments to him after their crops were harvested.
He and his wife, Lillian, were active in the Methodist Church and community affairs, lending support to the Bal Swan Children’s Center, the Cleo Wallace Center, the Broomfield Ambulance Center and the Boy Scouts. Through his business and community endeavors, Joseph John Huddart helped Broomfield grow from a settlement of less than 100 to a city of 20,000.
Bob Beauprez – After selling their dairy herd in 1990, Bob Beauprez and his wife bought controlling interest in then-failing Bank Seven in Lafayette. Since then, the renamed Lafayette State Bank showed the best return on assets among banks in Colorado and has contributed to more than 23 non-profit organizations in Lafayette and Boulder County.
The Beauprez family has influenced the community outside of banking as well, donating 160 acres to Lafayette for housing and recreational facilities. Bob, in addition to being the president and chairman of both Lafayette State Bank and the Front Range Capitol Corp., has been on the board of directors of several community organizations, including the Sister Carmen Community Center, the Coal Creek Rotary Club and Student Venture. He also has served as chairman of the staffing and search committee of the Independent Bankers of Colorado.
Jim Kanemoto – In 1937, Jim Kanemoto and his brother George purchased a farm and began growing produce to ship and to stock their vegetable market. During the 1950s Jim patented an irrigation dam and established Kan Manufacturing. He later founded Longmont Bowling Lanes. When IBM arrived in the Longmont area, Jim responded to the population influx by annexing 200 acres of land to the city for Southmoor Park, ultimately the site of 700 homes.
Moving from farmer to developer, Jim donated property for the Burlington School, the school district administration building, the Buddhist Temple, Kanemoto Park, and the St. Vrain River Greenway. The Kanemoto family built the five-story Tower of Compassion pagoda in Kanemoto Park as a gift of appreciation to the citizens of Longmont.