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Austin Woman Was Among the First to Work on SPAM Line


Albert Lea Tribune

Mildred “Millie” King had no idea that when she took a job on the Spam “short” line at Hormel Foods that what was housed in the cans she was weighing would change a culture.

She chatted about those days recently, sitting at her kitchen table in her Austin home with her daughter, Marlene Blaser. Although she will turn 98 later this year, her vitality makes you think of someone far younger. She reminisced about the times, eight decades gone, when Spam was brand-spanking new.