COLUMBIA — Daryll and Mary Lou Raitt just celebrated their 58th anniversary.
"That's a long time," Mary Lou Raitt said with a laugh.
The Raitts, who own the Timber View Tree Farm in Hartsburg, planted their first trees in 1969 and made their first sale in front of their home in 1972.
Forty years later, the business is still in the family. In 2000, the Raitts' daughter, Sandy, and her husband, Steve, took over.
Mark Hooibrink and his family have been buying trees from Timber View for 35 years. The first tree that Hooibrink and his wife, Laura, bought together was from the business.
Timber View plants thousands of trees and sells about 1,000 per season, including scotch pine, pre-cut Frasier fir and pitted white pine. During the drought of 2011, they lost 80 percent of their trees.
Daryll Raitt enjoys knowing that the trees he sells will play a role in his customers' lives.
"We don't sell trees, we sell experiences," he said.
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