Celebrating 50 years: Hartung's, now LorRon, has been a downtown Kimball mainstay

 

Tonia Copeland

Lorna Evelyn, right, helps Patty Watson with an order for Ideal Linen dry cleaning. Lorna and her late husband, Ron, came to Kimball to operate Hartung's in 1965. They bought the store in 1987 and renamed it LorRon Department Store.

Local shop keeper Lorna Evelyn of LorRon Department Store in downtown Kimball has seen her fair share of changes in the last 50 years.

Many local businesses have changed owners more than once, some have changed the business entirely and even more have closed the doors since Lorna and her late husband Ron Evelyn came to town a half century ago. Through the years, the Evelyns saw changes in their life, their home, their store and their hometown.

Ron and Lorna met at Scottsbluff Junior College.

"He was just out of the service," Lorna recalled. "We got married at Lodgepole and then lived in Ger...



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