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136 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 6 fifty years ago, when Lyndon B. Johnson was still president and gas was only 32 cents a gallon, Walter (Wally) Mulcahy was a spry high school student looking for a job. His uncle, Alden Whittemore, (grandson of B.L. Ogilvie, founder of B.L. Ogilvie & Sons Hard - ware Store on Warren Avenue in Weston) was willing to take Wally on with no experience at all. "He ran a tight ship," Wally says. "But if you stuck with his rules you were fine." Wally was given tedious, menial jobs that only required common sense. But he was happy just to be employed. His first assignment was to spend hours lifting firewood onto a conveyor belt. He also delivered coal. "I was there to unload the very last trainload of coal in the late 1960s," Wally proudly shares. "Delivering was a dirty job. I would hold a two-foot-wide sack over my shoulder near the truck while a lever was lifted and coal fell into the sack. Next I'd lug it to the house near a small basement window, drop to my knees, and send it down into the coal bin." After graduating in 1969, he began working full time. He worked the grain route twice a week to deliver feed and shavings to many gentleman farms in Weston and surrounding towns. Local farmers would come in to the shop needing several 100-pound sacks of grain and bales of hay. The unspoken rule was that "whoever sold it, had to load it." Weighing barely 125 pounds soaking wet, Wally got quite a workout in those days. Wally Mulcahy's high school yearbook photo commerce retailing entrepreneurship keeping track startups investments capital Looking Back Wally Mulcahy reflects on his 50-year career at B.L. Ogilvie & Sons upon retirement C AT H L E E N S T E N Q U I S T writer business P H O T O C O U R T E S Y O F W A L L Y M U L C A H Y

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