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Our History

Founding and Early Years (1920-1940s)

Glendale Lumber Co. Inc., a family-owned business, has proudly served Glendale, NY, since its founding in 1920 by Edward Wagner. What began as a humble establishment on Proctor Street (73rd Place) has now become a cherished family tradition that spans five generations.

After Edward Wagner’s untimely death in 1931, his son, Frank Wagner, took the reins of the growing business and steered it through the challenging years of the 1930s and 1940s. It was during this time that Frank’s son, John (known as Jack), joined the family business.

World War II and Post-War Era (1940s-1950s)

Once World War II started, Jack was drafted at the age of 18 and sent to Europe to bravely serve his country. His remarkable military career saw him receive numerous medals, including two Purple Hearts. When Jack returned from abroad, he was more determined than ever to continue the legacy of Glendale Lumber Co. Inc. alongside his father.

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Fire Incident in Glendale Lumber Co. Inc.

Growth and the Fire Incident (1950s-1960s)

In 1953, Frank Wagner passed away, leaving the business in the capable hands of his son, Jack. The 1950s were a time of great prosperity for Glendale Lumber Co. Inc. as it rose to new heights in the building material industry, cementing its reputation as one of the premier suppliers in the New York Metropolitan area.

However, tragedy struck on June 17th, 1960, when a devastating fire engulfed almost the entire office and warehouse, threatening the existence of Glendale Lumber Co. Inc. Faced with the daunting task of rebuilding, Jack turned to his two sons, Jack Jr., 14, and Lance, 10, for their guidance. Despite the enormity of the challenge, both sons expressed their unwavering dedication to preserving the family business.

Through immense effort and investment, Glendale Lumber Co. Inc.’s new showroom and warehouse were unveiled in 1961, showcasing a symbol of resilience and determination. The expanded space allowed Glendale Lumber Co. Inc. to further excel and solidify its position as a respected supplier.

Transition to the Next Generation (1970s-1990s)

Jack Sr. continued to lead the business until his retirement in 1970 when Jack Jr., having served in Vietnam, assumed the role of the company’s leader. In 1972, Lance joined his brother after completing his service in the Navy, forming a formidable team that steered Glendale Lumber Co. Inc. successfully through the 1980s and 1990s.

During the 1990s, the legacy of the Wagner family continued to flourish as Jack Jr. and Lance welcomed their sons, Jack III and Lance Jr., into the fold. With their entry, the business entered the fifth generation of dedicated Wagner family members at Glendale Lumber Co. Inc. However, as times changed, so did the path of some family members.  

Glendale Lumber Co. Inc. Photo In 1960

Current Outlook and Legacy

In 2002, Jack Wagner Jr. retired from the lumber business while Jack III explored different avenues. But even as one chapter ended, another began as Lance’s other son, Michael Wagner, joined the team. Together, the three generations of the Wagner family now oversee the operation of Glendale Lumber Co. Inc., ensuring a bright and prosperous future.

Glendale Lumber Co. Inc. has defied the odds throughout its history. From surviving the hardships of the Great Depression and World Wars to rising from the ashes of a devastating fire, the company embodies resilience and perseverance. As one of the oldest family-run businesses in the trade, Glendale Lumber Co. Inc. has not only endured but prospered thanks to the dedication and vision of the Wagner family. With the fifth generation at the helm, we look forward to continuing our commitment to excellence and serving our community for years to come.

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