Lammes Candies most cherished employee is Honored with a proclamation by the Austin City Council for her 73 years of dedicated service to Lammes Candies!
1940 - David Lamme hired a youngster named Mildred Walston - she thinks
because she was relentless! Coming back three different times to encourage
Mr. Lamme to hire her! His reasoning (other than a rough economy) was the fact
that she lived in the "country" and he thought that she would not be able to get
to work on time. Little did he know our Mildred.
Mildred in the beginning!
Mildred started out in the retail/service end of the business. Hours were long
at the soda fountain and candy store, they were open from 7:30am - 11:00pm.
She served coffee, ice cream or "Gem" - Lammes famous concoction that was a
blend of fruit and sherbet-like texture. At first Mildred was scared of the
customers and would rather do anything than wait on them - even choosing
washing dishes, but Lena Lamme encouraged Mildred to step out of her comfort
zone and greet those customers - Mildreds been doing that ever since!
At the time, Nixon-Clay business college resided upstairs from the candy store and Mildred began taking classes
during the day, working the candy store in the evenings. She was recruited by Scarboroughs Department Store and
accepted the position. This left Mildred in a quandary - how was she going to tell Mr. Lamme that she was going to
quit to go to work at Scarboroughs? She came to work on a day that she wasnt scheduled to work and paced
between the workroom and the retail floor, leaving Mr. Lamme to wonder what was wrong. She finally got the nerve to approach him.
With tears in her eyes, she told Mr. Lamme of her intentions to leave Lammes Candies. Mr. Lamme, being an intuitive man, said that it
looked like she wasnt sure of her decision; why didnt she take the "panel truck" (ice cream delivery truck) out to see her parents to
discuss her plans and get their opinion on such. After discussion with her parents (who also saw the hesitance in her) -
Mildred decided to stay with Lammes - and boy are we glad she did.
Sometime in the late 40s Lammes began their venture into the
Mail Order business, employing Bonner McClain Advertising
agency to produce the first catalog - it was actually just a
postcard but it worked. Mildred stayed and helped develop
the Mail Order department moving from the 9th and Congress
store to our new store at 10th and Congress in the late 50s.
In the beginning of Lammes Mail Department, all orders were
taken on hand-written mailing labels and the "shipping crew"
was brought in after-hours to pack and ready the packages to
be mailed. Mildred has seen this department go from those
early beginnings of everything done by hand to our current
system of entering orders into our complex computer system
for label printing and tracking. She was hesitant at first, to
attempt learning the "new" system - but became proficient in
this system and still uses it today.