T&S Auction Service started in 1964 after the local sale barn burned down and the owner decided not to rebuild. Carroll Tash suggested to lifelong friend Dawson Souder that they start their own sale barn. Souder agreed and sold Tash half interest in an old garage building that he had bought to keep farm equipment in. With the help of Tash's dad Jesse, who had been an auctioneer at the old Blue River Auction, the two went to work converting the old garage building.
The business was a huge success and the auction barn operated for 7 years, along with occasional "On-Site" auctions. Due to the continuing increase in business, T&S began doing "On-Site" auctions exclusively in 1971 and, before long, were conducting several auctions per week.
After each had spent many years learning how to run the family business by working as ringmen, clerks & cashiers, Souder's son Jeff became a licensed auctioneer in 2002 and, in 2004, Tash's son-in-law Billy obtained his license.
Following the passing of co-founder Carroll Tash, in 2014, Dossie, Billy & Jeff are continuing with the same high standard of service that has kept us in business for more than half a century.
And we still have that converted garage building, on Hwy 60 in Pekin, where it all started, in 1964.