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"Sunflovver", "Locus Beans", "Linseed", and "Cotton Cake". A keen

student of >vorld markets and prices, he studied all the milling

journals. He followed the movements of shiploads of these materials

from all O\'er the world, but mainly from South America and North

Africa. Depending on market price fluctuations, he bought and sold

shiploads of these products while on the high seas, and sold them, in

part or totally to compounders such as Suttons, Heaslips, and

Howards, whose requirements were relatively small but vital to their

operations.

In

many instances K.B. Williams never handled the

cargoes when they reached the ports, a business which he must have

found to be very lucrative . These compound materials were mixed

with native grain and maize, and the end result was a more balanced

food for animals. The mill was very big in this field of production.

THE EMPLOYEES

The company employed

30

to

35

people all year round, and as many

as

60

people at harvest time. This was of great importance to the

economy of the town.

The K.B. Williams excursion to Youghal was one of the highlights

of the S

umm

er season. The four big company lorries, suitably decked

out with seats (or forms), provided the transport for the employees

and their families. It will be seen from the photograph included that

a tent was erected at Clay Castle provided by Thompsons of Cork,

who also provided the catering for the day. Jerry O'Sullivan recalls

the excitement of both adults and children before the outing, which

was recognised as a very generous gesture by Mr. Williams.

The company lorries were also made available for matches in

Thurles when Cork were involved, again free of charge, but confined

to members of the staff. Jerry says: "A few of the hurling pals often

joined the lorry at a little distance from the town," - true Gaels, no

doubt. Jerry worked in the office.

Joe O'Keeffe and Paddy Weldon were the company's commercial

sales representatives, and travelled all over Munster in this capacity.

Paddy was an all -round sportsman, playing badminton, tennis,

soccer, and golf during his sporting career

Mary ( Buckley ) Guinee was secretary with the company. The

initials "K.B." she explained came from Mr. Williams' mother's name

'Kingsmill Brady.'. A man of varied interests , K.B. was a very keen

tennis player , and was president of the Annabella Club for many

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