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Highland County auction companies of the 1960s: Hunter-Wilson-Mayhugh Co.

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Steve Roush-
Ladies and gentlemen, after catching a couple 1960s Dannie Hess & Associates auctions last time, let’s hop back in the Studebaker and find an auction or two from the other auction company we mentioned in the previous offering, Hunter-Wilson-Mayhugh Co.

OK, let’s look through a few old newspapers. Here’s a good one in September of 1968, 10 miles southeast of Hillsboro on state Route 506, three miles east of Marshall and a mile and a half from Carmel. It’s got farm machinery, hogs, tools, feeds and household goods, among other items.

After fueling up in town, we head out of town and arrive ahead of the 10:30 a.m. auction start time. Here’s an Oliver 770 diesel with a live PTO, power steering torque amplifier; a John Deere 40 tractor with cultivator; Case D.C. tractor; a Case S.C. tractor with a cultivator and cut-off saw; and there’s a lot more farm machinery, along with shop and hand tools.

As far as hogs, there are 12 Hampshire crossbred sows, six Yorkshire crossbred gilts and a Duroc boar. If you don’t mind, let’s pass on the pigs – I doubt they’ll fit in the Studebaker.

As far as vehicles, there’s a 1953 GMC 1 ½-ton truck and a 1962 Corvair four-door sedan ready to sell.

I’ll keep my eye on the Chevy Corvair; we’ve been tooling around in the Studebaker for quite a while now, and it might be fun to get a new ride.

After perusing the household goods and eating lunch that has been provided, the Mr. and Mrs. Garland C. Thompson auction gets under way. You may or may not have heard of or knew Mrs. and Mrs. Garland Thompson, but if you read The Highland County Press on a regular basis, you surely have heard of their son, Jim Thompson.

Likewise, a lot of folks have probably never heard of the Hunter-Wilson-Mayhugh Co., but are very aware of the Marvin Wilson Company, which is today Wilson National LLC, a multi-generation family business that dates back to 1957-58. The aforementioned Marvin Wilson is the company founder, Mark Wilson is a broker and owner, and Brandon Wilson is an associate and senior assistant to the broker and director. Mike Weasel, director of business development; Mark Wolfe, associate; and James Craycraft, associate; are also part of the Wilson team today.

In the late 1960s, Marvin Wilson launched the Marvin Wilson Company. His advertisements said, “Deal with confidence!” and that, “Whether you are buying or selling your farm, home or business or having an auction, deal with the firm that expresses ability, hard work and honesty.”

A 1969 advertisement said that, “This is not a new venture for the Marvin Wilson Company as there have been many years of experience and preparation in all phases of the real estate and auction business. Marvin Wilson has always and shall always be devoted to giving of his best to the task at hand and of that which lies ahead. All personnel associated with the Marvin Wilson Company share the same convictions. We feel our task is to offer sincere, conscientious and professional real estate and auction service to the advantage of the public.”

Today, Wilson National LLC is still going strong after more than 60 years. Mark Wilson says on the Wilson website, “Through the work we do with internet marketing, industry publications, mailings, email blasts, boots-on-the-ground legwork, we take personally working with you as your trusted auction firm. We know these aren’t easy decisions to make and that they’ve come with blood, sweat and tears. We pull out all the stops and never leave a stone unturned.” Brandon Wilson adds, At Wilson National Real Estate, we understand that we’re dealing with selling your land, your farm, your home, your equipment, your lifestyle…the assets that make you, YOU. We’re here to take care of that. We’re here to make sure you get the most out of what you’ve worked your entire life to build and you’re able to give the most to your family back.”

Back in the 1960s at the Thompson farm, we were outbid for the Oliver tractor, but did buy the 62 Corvair. I’ll drive the Studebaker back to town, we’ll have Jim T. pilot the Corvair, and on that note, let’s pause for now, and we’ll continue next time.

Steve Roush is vice chairman of the Highland County Historical Society Board of Trustees, a vice president of an international media company and a columnist and contributing writer for The Highland County Press. He can be reached by email at

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