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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 19, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, February 19, 1974-THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD-5 Stockman Lee Williams, 81, says cattle business 6like a hobby' LEE WILLIAMS AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT ORDER YOUR BABY HOW! Write For Price List CO-OP HATCHERY 525 4th St. S. Lethbridge, Alberta Phone 327-3679 EDMONTON (CP) Lee Williams, 81, still works eight hours a day at the Edmonton public stockyards. "Someone has to be there to know what's going says Mr. Williams, president and general manager of Weiller and Williams, the oldest cattle- commission firm in Canada which last year had gross income of more than million. His office, on the ground floor of the stockyard's main building, is filled with the odor of manure. Stockmen and sales agents tramp in the stuff as they inform their boss of the latest rumors and buying trends circulating in the auction arena. Lee Williams is broad at the shoulders, with a barrel chest, and towers over six feet. His face is square and the skin hangs in heavy folds from long years of wear. But bis eyes are young, blue and full of twinkle and still recognize a good animal when they see one. Born in east Experience with beef started for Mr. Williams when he left his New York home at age 19 and came to work in Edmonton for Swift Canadian Co. as a laborer for 20 cents an hour. As a laborer-he carried frozen sides of pork from rail cars to the packing plant, dug ditches and .quickly decided he wanted "something'' better than 20 cents an hour." He started attending auc- tion sales, learning cattle buying, and in 1919 began selling cattle "on time." "There was a surplus of feed and no one had the money to buy cattle. This took the place of a loan." In 1919 Henry Weiller of St. Paul, Minn., offered him a partnership if he would become manager of a cattle commission firm to be set up in Edmonton and Weiller and Williams of Edmonton was es- tablished. In 1920, Mr. Williams set up the company's first feedlots. Today, there are about cattle bearing the Lazy Round Top T or other company brands in feedlots throughout tht province. He bought and leased land during the 1930s "and I didn't have any money, either. I wasn't clear of debt until I was 60." He ran a cow and calf operation on the land. "I stuck to commercial breeds. Those exotic breeds they've got these days, they're out of my line." Mr. Williams said a good reputation is an important ingredient in his brand of business. "Sometimes I lost business by telling a man the truth, but he usually came back another time.' Don't Play The "Shell Game" WbMyoubayifl irrigation system VALLEY SELF-PROPELLED gives you A system engineered for you electric, oil or water drive Tied to the need for honesty was the importance of maintaining good credit position with the bank. A third com- ponent was work. A galvanized system with 10-year corrosion protection Service after the sale STILL SELLING FOR LESSI STERN'S CUT-RATE FURNITURE SlraitS. Phoni 327-3024 VANEE LIVESTOCK LTD. FORT MACLEOD and LETHBRIDGE FortMacleod Phone 234-4074 or 234-4428 Direct Line to Lethbridge 328-1477 __ "Livestock Dealers and Order Buyers" Hogs Shipped Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday CATTUUNMSKHVICI We buy feeders on all markets in Alberta Contact us new for your feeder cattle. VALMOMT IMC Come to "Valley Days" February 20, 1974. 1-30 p.m. at the Park Plaza Motor Hotel In Lethbridge. Sponsored by Valmont Indus- tries and Oliver Industrial Supply Ltd.. Irrigation Division, your Valley distributor OLIVER INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY LTD. 236-36th St North Phone 327-1571 or contact HM DEALER" nMTMf you "BY PASS" The Lethbridge Market "YOU LOSE" Strong Competition! We need you! You need the marKei! BE A PRICE BUILDER Offer you Hogs and for at The Lethbridge Public Livestock Market The place Prices are Buyers want and need your Livestock Day in and Day out! Make them compete Oponty and balance your soiling Poweri If you are in need of Feeder Call your Co-op will fill your order to your specifications and satis- faction. Support Your Co-op CO-OP Phone 327-4010 ;