By Luella Dow

Tom Jarms loves supporting the ‘small town atmosphere.'


Tom Jarms bought out Jarms Hardware from his parents in 1999 and has kept the family-run business actively involved in supporting the community of Cheney.

In 1972 Ron Jarms, who worked for Osco Drug Stores in Iowa, was confronted with a choice of moving to Chicago or coming west. Ron gathered his family and came to Cheney where the Edgett brothers were ready to retire from their hardware business on First Street. Tom Jarms was 10 years old. “My dad expected us four brothers, Bill, Tom, Dan and Mike, and our sister Kim, to sit quietly in the office if we wanted to be in the store. We were not allowed to run around,” Tom said.

When a few years went by and Tom Jarms was about 14, he was allowed to sweep the floor. He said, “We had paper...

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