She’s still a ‘hot shot’ in auction barn at 90

Bennie Mayer works cattle ‘in the cage’ at Cameron Commission Co. Bennie Mayer works cattle ‘in the cage’ at Cameron Commission Co. At an age when most people have been retired for three decades, Bennie Mayer is still going strong.

Mayer, who celebrated her 90th birthday Wednesday, Dec. 1, will have been the owner of the Oak Club near Pettibone for 60 years next month.

But there’s much more, Every Friday for 19 years she works in the auction ring at Cameron Commission Co. with her “hot shot” prodding cattle through the doors leaving the rig.

Often she “punches” more than 1,000 cows a day.

Mayer began walking five miles a day at age 60 and has only recently reduced her daily trek to 30 minutes.

An avid bowler for more than 50 years she went to state 21 times and to national tourneys three times.

She quit bowling at age 80 for “lack of competition.”

Mayer grew up in rural Milam County and vividly remembers picking cotton at age three with her parents.

“They sewed me a book satchel to use and I worked with them in the field,” she said.

Mayer, who has two daughters, five grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren, has leased the Oak Club but says she still enjoys visiting new and old customers on a regular basis.

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