We are proud to be family owned and operated in South Dakota since 1888. For FIVE generations Montgomery’s has been run by the same family. This is the timeline of our story.
Since 1888, spanning over 130 years and 5 generations, Montgomery’s has provided Eastern South Dakotans with a place to purchase their home furnishing. Montgomery’s is currently owned and operated by fourth and fifth generation family members Clark, Connie, Eric and Neala Sinclair. They are also joined by Eric and Neala’s children; Kyan, Giselle, and Lauren who are the sixth generation in training.
The Sinclairs own the Madison, Sioux Falls and Watertown locations.
1888 – 7 May – George H. Montgomery founded Montgomery’s Furniture and Funeral in Alexandria, South Dakota. The town of Alexandria was only eight years old and SD was still one year from gaining statehood.
1902 – George H. Montgomery and his brother-in-law Wiliam Ryburn built a large two-story building to house the bank and furniture store.
1918 – W.R. Montgomery, George’s son became the second generation to join the family business.
1920 – Son-in-law Gilbert C. Loomer joined the team. He was married to Marian Montgomery, George’s daughter.
1922 – Founder George H. Montgomery passed away.
1948 – George Loomer son of G.C. and Marian (Montgomery) Loomer became the third generation to join the business.
1955 – James (Jim) Loomer another son joined the family business.
1959 – Gilbert’s sons Jim and George purchased the family business and expanded to several locations.
1962 – Jim & George opened the second location in Howard, SD.
1964, 12 April – The 1902 building and a separate warehouse were destroyed in a fire.
1965, 5 April – Grand Opening of new Alexandria store.
1970 – Gilbert Loomer passed away.
1972 – Arlington, SD Furniture store purchased.
1977 – Son-in-law Clark Sinclair joined the business.
1980, June 1 – The store was moved to Madison, SD where it was located in the former Hallenbeck Furniture building. Clark and Connie Sinclair managed the new location. They became the fourth generation to be involved in the family business.
1983 – Russell Montgomery passed away.
1986 – George sold the Madison store to his daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Clark Sinclair.
1987 – Jim’s son Todd joined the business in Alexandria, SD.
1997 – Clark & Connie Sinclair established the Sioux Falls location at 1725 West 41st Street.
2002 – The two Madison locations were combined into one 40,000 square foot located at 747 South Washington Avenue.
2006 – Eric & Neala Sinclair, Clark & Connie’s son and daughter-in-law joined the business as the fifth generation.
2011, Nov. – Opened the Sioux Falls Distribution Center.
2012, Sept. – Purchased Zimmel’s Furniture in Watertown, SD upon their retirement.
2013, Jan. – Eric Sinclair is promoted to President of Montgomery’s.
2013, Feb. – Watertown, SD showroom is opened.
2013, July – Purchased Traditions in Sioux Falls.
2014 – Expanded and remodeled the Sioux Falls Showroom, doubling in size to include a full design studio, Mattress 1st Sleep Center, and Montgomery’s Modern Showroom.
2016 – George Loomer passed away.
2017 – Launched online shopping.
2017 – Honored as the 2017 Boyd Hopkins Sr. Excellence in Family Business Award recipient.
2018 – Montgomery’s Celebrates 130 Years!
2020 – Montgomery’s Purchases Malchows in Aberdeen.
Our president Eric Sinclair is the fifth generation of his family to own/operate Montgomery’s. Growing up in the family business in Madison, SD Eric saw how his parents worked hard to build up the company and care for their employees. After high school Eric attended and graduated from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, married his high school sweetheart Neala and went to work in the furniture industry to gain experience and knowledge before coming back to work with his parents. Bringing with him six years of expertise in the furniture industry as well as a passion for his family business. Eric has been the President of Montgomery’s since 2013, allowing his parents the opportunity to enjoy “retirement”. They are still working on that.
Eric Sinclair | Owner / President