George A. Hormel was an industrial nonconformist. Practically ostracized industrially by other meat packers for stumping for a 30-hour week, he retired to California in 1927 and turned his business over to his son, Jay Catherwood Hormel.
One day in 1929 handsome, heavy-browed young Jay C. was walking through his Austin, Minn, plant, laying off employes. Suddenly one of his men turned on him and said:
"You can't do that to me."
"Can't do what to you?"
"You couldn't turn a horse out in the street," said the workman. "You can't do it to...