In 1897 L. W. Galbraith moved from Lampasses, TX to Carthage, MO with his large family and opened a “racket” store (later to be known as dime stores). During World War 1 the racket store was closed except for the paint and wallpaper departments. L. W. ran the store until 1935 when he passed away and the store was closed.
Two generations later, a 27-year-old single Robert L. Galbraith bought the Roush Paint Co. in Carthage, Missouri. When he took over the paint company he was 7000.00 in debt, lived with his parents in Joplin, MO, and drove his father’s car back and forth to work. In the first two years, he lost money, but by 1949 he made a livable profit and married Henryetta Smith. They had five children who all spent time helping out in the business growing up.
Around 1965 he expanded into flooring and ceramic tile which is now the major part of the business. Over the years Gregg, Sandy, and Debbie have come back to work in the family business.
In 2003 Gregg Galbraith took over the ownership of the business and expanded the commercial side to be a substantial part of the business. Contact Us about your flooring or painting needs!
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