Cone Reflects On 30 Years At Burwell Livestock Market
Friday's cattle auction at the Burwell Livestock Market served up prime beef in more ways than one. Before going in to bid on cattle, patrons were treated to barbecued beef sandwiches in celebration of the operation's thirtieth birthday. Owner Eugene Cone was as excited to talk about the history of his business as he is to connect beef buyers and sellers every Friday.
"It's been thirty years ago this week that I took ownership of this place," Cone said. "August one of 1983 was when I took possession. Our first sale was on the second Friday of August."
Bernard "Tiny" Wagner had started the Burwell Livestock Market in 1935, and operated it for 48 years with different partners, according to Cone, who said that he and his father, Donald, purchased the operation from Wagner and then-partner Leonard Walters in 1983.
"My dad passed away in 1992, so my wife and I bought my mother's share out and so we have had it for the last 21 years. We are getting close to retirement age, but I don't know what retirement age is anymore with the economy the way that it is. If you've got good health, maybe you ought to keep on working!" Cone, who turned 69 last month, said that he enjoys good health and good help, so he still has the desire to remain at the helm of the Market.
Please see the full story in the Aug. 14 issue of the Quiz.