Bob’s was very different when Bob Sr. opened his doors to Bob’s Surplus in 1947.
In 1947 Bob Schlecht Sr. “hitched” his way from Minot, ND to Longview, WA, by way of railcar roof-tops. He and his wife Lila, opened the original war surplus store in a small tent. Selling items such as Army Cots for $2.50, Canteens for 25 cents, and Wool Socks for 50 cents. The local women kept him s