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years. He was also very involved in the Cork Bee Keepers

Association. Mary recalls having to type pages of detailed minutes of

the Association's meetings, dictated by Mr. Williams, and always

carefully read by him.

Other people associated with the company included Miss Keenan,

who was cashier, Miss O'Neill (Sales) , Mary Smyth (Telephone),

Patsy (O'Keeffe) Mills, Irene Ward, Margaret Nagle, and Michael

Kelleher. who took over from Miss Keenan as cashier. Other office

staff members iccluded Noreen Robinson, Gerard Guinee, Rita

McCarthy, Dan Casey in the check-out office, Mary Kelleher, Mona

Doolan, and Paddy Gordon. The company was one of the first

employers in Mallow to give a Christmas bonus to the staff, and Mr.

Williams personal touch, also at Christmas, was a box of chocolates

to the lady members of the staff.

Families associated with the company included the Coulters, the

Lintons, and the Buckleys.

Shortly after the first World War, Harry Searles returned, and

became foreman at the mill. He was followed by Billy Linton, and

before Odlums took over, Bernie Healy was foreman. The two

carpenters in later years were Dinny Creedon and Paddy Buckley of

boxing fame.

Employee relations were always very important to Mr. Williams,

as illustrated by the following letter to the employees at Christmas,



We believe we have a loyal staff. Many of you have been with us a


We are only too anxious to pay you as high a wage as the profits of

our business permit.

We are, however, completely controlled, which fact our office staff can

confirm to you, as to what profits we are permitted to make. We are

equally controlled as to what tonnage we are permitted to handle of

Flour, Bran, Pollard, Ration. etc. Some day, we hope, these controls

may be removed.

It is absolutely impossible for any business to pay out all profits in

wages. Some margin must be retained for expenditure - in

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