91-year-old Austin woman holds sweet job for 73 years


by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and Photojournalist CHRIS SHADROCK

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Posted on December 24, 2013 at 11:17 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 24 at 11:20 PM

AUSTIN -- It’s not a recognition Mildred Walston ever thought she would receive in her 91 years: she's held the same job for longer than anyone else in Austin.

“My kids don't want me to quit, because I keep buying candy with my money,” said Walston, an employee at Lammes Candies for 73 years.

Mildred was only 18 years old when she walked from near the Texas School for the Deaf to Eighth Street and Congress Avenue, the original site for Lammes Candies.

“It's a sweet job, and the people are great to work for, and we have a great product, so why change to another job?” Walston said.

When she first started in 1940, Walston did a little bit of everything, from helping make candy to serving up ice cream.

On Dec. 19, Walston was honored by the Austin City Council in a proclamation recognizing her for her accomplishment.

Lammes Candies was also recognized for being a successful Austin business since 1885.

Walston said she plans to keep on working as long as she can get out of bed.


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