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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R. 313

House concurrent resolution congratulating June Hier on her 60th anniversary waitressing at Seward’s Family Restaurant in Rutland City

Offered by:  Representatives Courcelle of Rutland City, McCormack of Rutland City, Andrews of Rutland City, and Howard of Rutland City

Whereas, in 1947, Seward’s Dairy Bar (now Family Restaurant) opened in a stylish modern building in Rutland with a neon sign perched on its roof beckoning customers to sample the frozen delights this new eatery had to offer, and

Whereas, the restaurant’s opening prompted many Rutland High School students, including then 15-year-old June Hier, to seek part-time waiting positions, and

Whereas, despite being turned down for employment due to her being too young, June Hier returned in 1948 to try again now that she was 16 years old and desirous of cash to purchase a new coat, and

Whereas, June Hier’s second attempt at landing a job at Seward’s was successful, and her legendary employment history began, and

Whereas, shortly after she was hired, June Hier’s father predicted his daughter’s waitressing career would be short-lived, after she refused to look him in the eye while serving him, but his forecast proved incorrect, and

Whereas, June Hier quickly realized that a pleasant personality and courteous attention to customers were necessities, and her waitressing demeanor rapidly improved, and

Whereas, after June Hier contracted polio in 1949, her doctor doubted that she would ever walk again, let alone work at Seward’s, and

Whereas, her determination and perseverance to regain both her personal mobility and her employment were pivotal factors in her ultimately returning to her post at Seward’s counter, and

Whereas, in 1951, she married her grade school sweetheart Bob, and although a few years later she considered ending her waitressing job in order to tend to her growing family, June Hier eventually decided to continue working at Seward’s Family Restaurant, and

Whereas, as time passed, Seward’s broadened its menu from just frozen treats to include full meals, and June Hier kept up with the changes, proud that she could calculate bills in her head when others were relying on new electronic adding devices, and

Whereas, 2008 marks June Hier’s 60th year on the job, and while she now works fewer hours per week, June Hier continues to serve dinners efficiently and with a smile, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the general assembly congratulates June Hier on her 60th anniversary waitressing at Seward’s Family Restaurant in Rutland City, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to June Hier and Seward’s Family Restaurant in Rutland City.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont