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date: 23 August 2019

Hormel, Jay Catherwoodlocked

(11 September 1892–30 August 1954)
  • Fred Carstensen


Hormel, Jay Catherwood (11 September 1892–30 August 1954), meatpacking executive, was born in Austin, Minnesota, the son of George Albert Hormel, the owner of the meatpacking firm Hormel & Co., and Lillian Belle Gleason. He attended Austin public schools and the Shattuck Military School for Boys in Faribault, Minnesota. He first began working at age ten, assisting his uncle Herman Hormel in the Hormel Provision Market. On 29 March 1907 he went to work in the Hormel packing house, learning about by-products in the lard room. When he went to Princeton University in 1911, he opened his own business, a laundry. An indifferent student, he left after three years, in 1914, to work full time at Hormel & Co. He became a director on 17 November 1914 and worked in the plant first as a foreman, then as a superintendent. In 1916 he was appointed a first vice president....

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