|About||We have been Supplying Farm, Home, Industrial and Construction Supplies to The North East Texas and South East Oklahoma Area since 1932|
During the depression most young men were unemployed. In 1932 Robert L. (Bob) Swaim found himself unemployed after he was laid off from the hardware store he worked at. He was and independent and ambitious young man with thoughts of managing his own business.
Bob rented a building located at 240 Wall street which is 240 First S.W. Street now. This building has been the entrance to Swaim Hardware for over 84 years. He emptied his mothers shed of blacksmith's tools, horse collars, etc. that came from the blacksmiths shop of his late father. He also cleaned and organized carriage houses and garages in exchange for the owners unwanted items. These items were the beginning of Swaim Hardware.
Has a customer entered they saw horse collars and bridles just like you see when you walk in today. As they walked down the aisle they would see cast iron skillets, churns, ice cream makers crock jars, oil lamps. red wagons, tricycles, snow sleds and cast iron heaters. These are all stock items you can buy here still today.
Bob promptly added new items for the farmers and building supplies for the builders. He realized the vinegar plant, box and crate factories, cotton gins, laundries, bakeries and saw mills needed machine parts, belts, bearings and saws delivered quickly. He promised to deliver all orders in 24 hrs. To this day Swaim Hardware promises a quick delivery of machine parts that factories in the Paris area may need. Factories have always been a large part of the Swaim Hardware business.
The location of Swaim hardware was perfect for the farmers. When they came to Paris each Saturday to get their supplies for the week they would park at the market square. Their first stop would be at Swaims to buy their needs such as pitch forks, cotton sacks, bailing wire, barbwire, pumps etc. They would leave their purchases to be picked up later. They would go shopping on the plaza and maybe attend a movie. On the way back to their truck they would pick up their load at the hardwar