The Washington office of Hochschild, Bloom & Company is celebrating its 60th anniversary.

The certified public accountants consultants firm opened a Washington office in 1957.

“It’s a tremendous feat for the firm to have to have been here for that many years and to have served the citizens of Washington,” said Rita Griesheimer, a partner with the firm.

Founder Peter Hochschild started his own firm in December 1946 in St. Louis. In 1952, he added a partner Melvin Bloom. The two worked together and, in 1957, saw a chance to grow in Franklin County.

Local attorney and CPA Lee Young decided to sell his firm to focus on his law career. Hochschild and Bloom saw Washington as a growing area and bought Young’s practice.

Leon Dardick moved to Washington and was the first managing partner of the office. The original office was located in the 100 block on West Main Street.

Hochschild, Bloom & Company later moved to the 400 block of East Fifth Street before moving to the Washington Square Shopping Center in 1972.

Several of Young’s clients are still with the firm today. The Washington office has promoted three long-time employees to partner since opening in 1957 — Tom Buescher, Griesheimer and the late John Politte.

“I’m proud to be a partner in a firm that has been a business for 60 years and involved in the community the entire time,” Griesheimer said. “It was tremendous foresight of Mr. Hochschild and Mr. Bloom to locate a business in such a great community.”

To celebrate the anniversary, the firm will host a party Tuesday, Oct. 10. For more information on the party, and to reserve a spot, call 636-239-4785.