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His duties soon expanded to stocking the store, waiting on cus- tomers, and doing other odd jobs. "It was a more formal era back then. We called all customers Mr. and Mrs. So and So — never by their first names unless invited to." "I initially knew nothing about hardware," Wally continues. "I was told what to do and was then left on my own to figure it out, hoping I had done it right. I learned mostly by reading the packages of the products and listening to the other employees as they interacted with the customers." Wally gradually became known to the customers as the "go to man" to creatively solve their hardware problems. He might suggest Bondo auto repair putty to patch holes in a steel door or recommend a part from the door department to replace a missing foot on a much-loved cutting board. "Back then homeowners fixed things by themselves," Wally says. "If they had a broken window, they would come in to ask how to fix it and get the parts. I learned over time it was okay to say I didn't know the answer and grew to love the detective work that was sometimes required." In 1954, B.L. Ogilvie's old carriage house was used as the hardware shop. Not really designed as a store initially, there was no insulation so paint stacked against the back wall would often freeze. Modernizing the paint department by offering custom colors for the first time occasionally brought in unusual requests, like the time a woman came in holding an open jar of brown mustard and wanted Wally to mix a quart of paint to match it for her home. business "creatively solve their hardware problems" 138 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 top: Larry Groleau, Sears Senior, Wally Mulcahy, and Eric Anderson bottom: 1980 family gathering (l to r): Alden Whittemore, Ken Sutherland, Wally Mulcahy, and Kevin Whittemore P H O T O C O U R T E S Y O F O G I L V I E ' S 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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