Randash building demolished

   The historic but long-closed Randash building in downtown Baker was completely demolished last week.

By Lori Kesinger

Photo by Darlene Hornung
Photo by Darlene Hornung

   The history of the building began when George Randash, Bill Randash’s dad, started Randash Motors in the Super Valu building, formerly known as Hubbard Hall, in 1945. George built a new garage next to the Super Valu building in 1952 and took his brother, Ed, as a partner.

   Many factors hindered production in the car industry, so George and Ed received only two new cars to sell until eventually their showroom became full.

   In 1961, Bill bought Ed out and operated the garage until 1994. Bill’s son, Dennis, took over the business until 2004.

   Following his departure, Ed moved to Great Falls and operated two NAPA stores.