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Jim Gill: From humble beginnings to president of business

May 12, 2012 • Local News


Jim Gill stands before vintage seed storage shelves at Roswell Seed Co., Wednesday. (Noah Vernau Photo)

Jim Gill was sweeping the floors at his family’s seed business in 1958 when he was 10 years old, earning $1 every two weeks — just enough for him to run over to Ginsberg’s and purchase a 45 record. Gill spent many hours of his adolescence at the store, helping his father and two uncles, all the way up until graduating from Roswell High School in 1966. The store, he says, has always been a second home.

Half of a century later, Gill serves as president of Roswell Seed Co., the fourth generation of Gills to run the business. Gill’s great-grandfather John started the business more than 100 years ago, after running a furniture store in Hagerman in the mid-1890s. He opened what was then called Roswell Seed and Produce in 1898, a business decision that has harvested far-reaching results.

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