Selling New Holland, Mahindra, Hustler, Woods equipment at Walter G. Coale, Inc.; Churchville, Maryland. Serving customers in Harford county, including Aberdeen, Bel Air, Darlington, Edgewood, Fallston, Jarretsville, Joppatowne, Perryman, Pleasant Hills, Pylesville and Riverside from Churchville, Maryland.
Over 100 years of sales and service. In the early part of the last century, our general mercantile business was rather extensive, handling everything that you would expect to find in a country store: food, clothing, shoes, drugs, notions, meats, hardware, farm supplies, farm implements, gasoline, livestock feed, seed, etc.
The hours were long - 7AM to 9PM Monday through Friday, and 7AM to 12 midnight on Saturday. Heat in the winter was from potbellied stoves burning coal or wood. Lighting was by carbide acetylene. In 1914 an underground gas tank was put in - the first between Bel Air and Aberdeen.
Sales Check from June 1, 1928
Over the years our business has grown in size and has expanded to carry various lines of equipment to meet our customers' needs. In 1938 we moved to our present location, which occupies 3 acres. Established in 1899, Walter G. Coale, Inc. is Maryland's oldest full line tractor and equipment dealer.
That first year, farm equipment sales consisted of 3 mowers, 3 grain binders and, 3 manure spreaders. Now in the new millennium, Walter G. Coale, Inc. has annual sales in the millions with thousands of pieces of equipment sold annually. We proudly serve customers in the tristate area covering Harford, Baltimore, and Cecil Counties in Maryland, York and Lancaster Counties in Pennsylvania, as well as, New Castle County in Delaware. We have sold and had machinery and parts delivered to 4 continents and are always looking for better ways to serve our customers.
Invitation to an "OPEN HOUSE" March 23, 1961
If you want old-fashioned service and quality equipment, come visit Walter G. Coale, Inc. Our goal has always been, and will continue to be, keeping our customers satisfied. The customer comes first.
Now that the Internet has become the way of the future, we at Walter G. Coale, Inc. will continue to provide our customers with quality assistance, whether it is in person, over the telephone, or on the World Wide Web.
Raymond E. Bent
It's from the same office in the rear of the Coale house that Ray Bent has run the company since he took over from the Coale family in 1982. No ... took over is not exactly correct. Ray continues a tradition, a way of life, and brought it into the new millennium. Just walking in the office and meeting Ray, you can feel his connection with the spirit of the business. The connection is immediate. In one handshake, time falls away. It is 1899 again. And 1909, 1941, 1975, 1993 and tomorrow. Ray has worked nowhere else since he began sweeping floors in 1961 for Mitchell Coale, Walter's son. "I'm very proud to be part of taking Walter G. Coale, Inc. into its second century."
Walter G. Coale, Inc. has always been committed to supporting our community. We have sponsored a little league team for many years. We have supported the Level Volunteer Fire Company, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Churchville Elementary School, Harford Technical High School, and Harford Community College. For over sixty years we have supported the Harford County 4-H. We are proud to be a part of the Churchville community.