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Grand Island auction business ends weekly consignment sale

November 18, 2018

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — A long tradition came to an end Nov. 4 when Olson Auction Service held its final consignment sale.

The company had held weekly consignment auctions at the same Grand Island location, 716 St. Paul Road, since 1958.

But owners Darrel and Linda Olson are not retiring.

Darrel Olson, 76, will still be active in the auction business, handling estate, household and real estate sales, the Grand Island Independent reported.

The Olsons will also change their business into New 2 You, which will be a retail pre-owned furniture store. Customers will be able to buy, sell and trade.

“We appreciate the 60 years of successful business, but have made the decision to slow down,” Darrel Olson said, expressing thanks to his loyal customers.

“This has been my dad’s life and he always has given his all,” said his son, Chad Olson.

“You don’t stay in business 60 years unless you’ve been awfully good to the public,” Chad Olson said. “We appreciate all the continued business that our clients have done with us, and we are going to stay in business as far as the pre-owned furniture store.”

Darrel Olson followed his father and grandfather into the auction business.

His grandfather, Charles, began working in the Minden area in the 1920s.

Darrel’s father, Virgil, started an auction business in Hastings.

In the late 1950s, Virgil bought the current location, which had been the Cherry Street Dance Hall. Before that, the Grand Island location was on Pine Avenue, between Fifth and Sixth streets.

Darrel’s mother, Lena, was also active in the business.

Darrel and Linda Olson have been married since 1975.

The fourth generation of the Olson family is now in the auction business.

Chad Olson operates Olson Furniture Outlet with his wife, Jaime. That business sells new furniture.

Daughter Tara, who has worked at the Olson Auction Service lunch counter, is married to Elijah Johnson.

Darrel and Linda had four children. Two daughters, Karmen and Denean, passed away.

Darrel Olson will continue to be associated with Amick Realty of Doniphan in real estate and farm and home sales.

As he was interviewed, Darrel Olson was wearing an Olson Auction Service shirt, which said, “Sell with the voice of experience.”

“I don’t want to be bragged up too much,” Darrel Olson said. “People will read that and they’ll say, ‘That ain’t the guy I knew.’”

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Information from: The Grand Island Independent, http://www.theindependent.com

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