Ralph Largent, mid 1920
Main St. Lewiston
Our original store front (far right with columns and arched windows) taken in 1912.
Ralph Largent and Crew of Mutual Creamery
In 1920 Ralph Largent graduated from U of I with a business degree. He immediately was hired by Mutual Creamery to manage the business. During his time with the Creamery, he got them started selling refrigeration.
ApplianceCenter 600 block of Main Street
In 1930 Ralph Largent bought out the appliance section of the Creamery and opened the the very first appliance (only) store in the Lewiston/Clarkston area. This business was known as Largents ApplianceCenter then changed the name to Largent's Appliance later.
Ralph Largent (left) and unknown employee
In 1940, Ralph Moved "Largent's Appliance" to 716 Main (renting at this location). Pic taken before the owner covered up the front with stucco and tile.
After store cover up and night shot
Left photo: Ralph Largent (center) and two of his employees after the cover up was done, right photo: night shot of the store
718 Main Street
In the early 1950s Ralph moved the business next door to 718 Main Street where we still reside to this day.
Ralph Largent passes away
His daughter and son–in–law, Louise and George LaVoie took over the business. They kept the name Largent's Appliance.
Louise and George bought all three business fronts (716, 718 & 720 Main Street)
Largent's got a face lift and put up red, orange, yellow tiles so we would stand out and people could find us more easily.
George LaVoie retired
Three of his sons bought the family business: Craig, Kent & Steve LaVoie.
Before and after remodel
In 2017 Largent's decided to update to a more modern style. As the contractor was removing the old tile, he found dry rot underneath. The contractor started removing the bad wood and found the original columns from 1910. We started chipping away at the stucco to discover the original hand chiseled sand stone blocks and mercury glass.
Largent's is one of Lewiston's oldest businesses.
Family-owned for FOUR generations.
Active in Lewiston rallies, fundraisers and philanthropies.