When James “Jim” Tallman was two years old, he moved from Deerwood, Minnesota to Olalla, Washington. The year was 1933. He grew up a hard-working young man equipped with only a chainsaw and a dream. He attended schools locally and formed a development and construction company, Talmo, Inc., in 1952. The company specialized in developing large lot subdivisions in the Puget Sound, peaking in the 1970’s with roughly 550 five-acre tracts per year.
Activities employed in the development process included construction of roads and all underground services to the parcels. Talmo, Inc. also did a lot of logging work from the 1960’s-1980’s, employing as many as 90 men and owning over 50 large logging machines and trucks. As environmental challenges impacted timber cutting in rural areas, the company diverted its attention to land development and management services. Jim is still actively involved in the business.
Jim and his wife, Dian, have been Classic Car Club Members for more than 40 years. Together they opened The Classic Restaurant in Gig Harbor in the 1980’s, where some of their collectable cars were on display for several years. Jim has been an avid restorer of rare cars such as a 1930 Phaeton, a 1931 Imperial Roadster, an Auburn V-12 Cabriolet and many more.