Wilson Family Legacy Remains Through Wesson Farms

by George Waldon  on Monday, Jul. 11, 2011 12:00 am  

The end result of the dispute was that Crain did step down, but not until he received a cash settlement that he used to buy some of the Wilson Family holdings. This gave rise to Crain Co., which continues as a farming concern.

Victoria Wilson Wesson’s family received a portion of the company’s land and assets while Marie Wilson Howells essentially cashed out her interest in Lee Wilson & Co.

The division left the family of Roy Wilson with a smaller but still substantial company. In the wake of the breakup, he asked his namesake son if he was interested in returning to the family business.

At the time, R.E.L. "Bob" Wilson III was living with his family in Colorado when his father asked him to come home and manage the company in 1950.

"I will come back and run it if you let me run it the way I want to run it" was his father’s reply, according to Bobby Wilson.

Bob Wilson led the company in its transition into the modern era of farming. Under his leadership, Lee Wilson & Co. also assembled a 10,741-acre cattle ranch in northeastern Nevada beginning in 1967.

This piece of the family business was sold in December 2006 for $4.8 million to Scott McLachlan of Lehi, Utah.



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