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For 46 years, transplant has called Ruston home

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George Parkman, former owner of Arkla Taylor Inc., moved to Ruston in the mid-1960s.

George Parkman said one of the best decisions he ever made was to move his family to Ruston.

It was 1966 when Parkman relocated here from Louisville, Miss., with his wife, Callie, and then 3-month-old daughter Carol.

At that time the manufacturer’s representative had the option of moving to anywhere in Louisiana or Arkansas to market his territory for Taylor forklifts. But it was Ruston — which reminded him of his hometown of Opelika, Ala. — that captured his heart.

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