Working together, Mother and Grand Mother Lillian Olson and Grand Daughter Janet Lynn Hall Sprenger
A good description of Tri-State Auction Service is the business that has compassed five different generations in the same family. Totally family run. It started when out of the blue, Glynn call Justin and said “I enrolled us in the top Auction School in the Nation. The Reisch World Wide College of Auctioneers in Mason City Iowa.” He said “were going to be Auctioneers.” So off to Auction School they went. The school was grueling starting at 8:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M. every day. They were isolated from family. Not even a phone call home. Justin recalls, “it to be similar to a military training camp.
So started the partnership of the first and second generation: Glynn and Lillian Olson, Auctioneer and Cashier, daughter Janet clerk, and Son-in-law and Auctioneer Justin Hall. Janet and Justin’s children- Lisa, Janet Lynn and Adam- began working with their parents and grandparents as the third generation growing up. Lisa and Janet Lynn sat side by side with their Grand Mother Lillian as the Cashier and Record Keeper learning that end of the business. Adam worked for bids as a Ringman for his Grand Father and Father while his Mother Janet Clerked the auctions. In 1993 the Tri-State Auction family suffered a huge blow. Lillian Olson, Mother, and Partner, of the business passed away. At age 18 Grand Daughter Janet Lynn stepped up full time now into her Grand Mothers position.
Janet Hall Clerking (2012)
Co-Owner with Husband Justin Hall
Grand Son of Glynn Olson & Lillian Olson and Son of Justin & Janet Hall Auctioneer Adam Hall
Janet Lynn is still a strong and original family member with Tri-State today at age 42. Janet Lynn married Pat Sprenger and together they had three children. Kennedy, Riley and Colby. Pat is another family member in the business. All three of the Sprenger children ages ranging from 10 to 14 have been working in the business for many years now with duties as Ringman, Setup, & Slip Runners. They even help with the lunches for their Mother Janet Lynn. In 1997 the family again suffered another blow when they lost Glynn Olson, Father, Partner, Auctioneer and Co Founder of the business. This now left Justin and wife Janet as the sole of Tri-State Auction Service. Justin was now the only Auctioneer in the family while wife and Mother Janet was still Clerking all the sales and having now picked up all the paper work too. For many years as a little boy Adam’s Grandfather Glynn would sit with Adam and teach him the chants of an Auctioneer. “ He told Adam that one day he would also be an Auctioneer.” Adam was eager to learn. At the age of 16 Adam was ready and stepped into his Grandfathers shoes working alongside his dad Justin, as Auctioneer. They were mighty big shoes to fill but he did it making his Grand Father above proud and smile. Adam married Cindy Martin from Idaho and have two children Emma and Madison. Both showing promise in the business in the future. Adam works with his father Justin occasionally and on his own as an Auctioneer in Sand Point, Idaho. There is talk from Adam that he will soon be opening a branch of the Tri-State Auction business there. Lisa married Rich Martin and together they have four children. Julie, Ashley, Reone and Gunnar. The are all active in the business. They are all now a working fourth generation. Ashley Grand Daughter, and Lisa’s daughter has been working on her chanting for years now. Ashley and Joe presented us with the fifth Generation Great Grand Childen, Zandra, Aurora, & Tucker. Zandra is already showing signs of becoming a future Auctioneer. Julie is now married also. There are four more Great Grand Children there as well. They all carry their weight in the business too whether it be Cashier, Clerking, Ringman, or Setup. So you see we will be here for a long time to come.
This being a five generation auction business and with the past years of total commitment, The Hall family and Tri-State Auction, you can bet will keep producing many, many more generations of auctioneers, and they will keep doing what they are so good at and truly love doing......AUCTIONS. You have to enjoy your work to commit yourself to every weekend of every month of the year along with daily and evening auction set ups. It’s a 24/7 business. So now you have the rest of the story.
AUCTIONEER GLYNN OLSON (1973)