Wally Holliday, Mount Forest’s legendary auctioneer

White shirt and suspenders were his usual outfit for a sale and, as often as not, he conducted his auctions from a perch in the back of his red Ford F150


An auction sale is never easy. All your precious stuff is laid out like so much meat on the counter. And the prices! Something that should have gone to the dump fetches a killer price and the family heirloom that was treasured for generations goes for a song!

“Go ahead regardless of the weather in the winter. The bidders will be there,” auctioneer Mike Heffernan of Damascus, Wellington County, used to always say. His keen sense of timing kept him in the auctioneering business for an amazing 47 years.

Better Farming - August/September 2011