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
Employee relations were always very important to Mr. Williams,
as illustrated by the following letter to the employees at Christmas,
FACTS FOR OUR EMPLOYEES
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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