HISTORY OF SOUTHSIDE AUCTION
Southside Auction Co., Inc. was founded in 1967 by the Roach Family of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Paul "Bud" Roach, Jr. nephews Gary Pruitt and Dan Glossop are still maintaining the family business with the help of Katie Roach (Bud's daughter), Claire Glossop (Dan's wife) and Robert "Bob" Black. We're a small family business, but we're proud of that!
The old brick building at 1507 E. 71st St. that houses Southside Auction Co., Inc. was the first structure in northeast Oklahoma built specifically for holding public auctions. The building on 71st St. was built in 1956 by the late auctioneer, Lloyd L. Kraus. Mr. Kraus was a cattle auctioneer from Welch, Oklahoma that began his auctioneering career in the 1930s. After moving to Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1946, Mr. Kraus quickly established the Kraus Auction Co. at 45th and Peoria. In order to accommodate the large crowds that began attending the Kraus public auctions, Mr. Kraus decided to purchase a few acres of land in rural south Tulsa and construct a building to meet the needs of his growing business (and his ever-growing crowds!). The Kraus Auction Co. was a success and held regular public auctions every Monday and Thursday nights.
After the death of Lloyd L. Kraus, Paul Roach Sr. purchased the Kraus Auction Co. building and land from Mrs. Kraus. In 1967, Paul Roach Sr. established Southside Auction Co., Inc. with the help of his wife, Hazel and his two children, Paul "Bud" Roach Jr. and Gail.
(Paul J. Roach At His Old Car Dealership Ca 1950s)
Since the establishment of Southside Auction Co., Inc. in 1967, "Bud" Roach has been the primary auctioneer. Today, Bud Roach has 47 years experience in the auction business and his unique auctioneering style is well known in Tulsa and the surrounding area.
Southside Auction House Ca. 1980s