Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Walla Walla lost an icon over the summer. Fred Sporleder began his own clothing business in a hole-in-the-wall on Second Avenue, barely large enough for his inventory, and he didn't even have a cash register.
As his business grew he enlarged his store twice in order to meet the demand. However, Fred was a giver to the community and reciprocated by spearheading and maintaining over 20 groups and organizations that touched the lives of so many Walla Wallans.
A master at his vocation, he could take a piece of material and tell you exactly its content. You had only to exit a fitting room and he could tell you exactly what alterations were necessary, and by how much. He was well liked by manufacturers, traveling salesmen, competitors and customers, no easy task.
Even in retirement, he continued to give back to the community that he felt has supported him.
Community leaders will retire and new ones will take their place; and men's fashions will come and go, but there will never be another Fred Sporleder!
Eugene N. Soper