May 2, 1934
I was born at Sturgeon,
Soon after my birth my parents moved
We then moved to
I progressed rapidly until I was promoted to the seventh grade. Again I did not like the teacher, refused to study for her, and would not recite when I was asked questions easily answered. I continued in that grade, playing truant much of the time, until the eighth month of school. My father and mother tried to encourage me, but to no avail. I was hired as usher at a picture show and ended, I thought, my educational career.
Six dollars a week was small pay, and I was determined to earn more money although I was very young. Through my fathers’ influence I was placed in the machine room at the Champion Coated Paper Company at twenty-seven dollars a week. I saved most of my money because my expenses were not very great. My work was not hard and I enjoyed it. I intended to learn the art of making paper, and tried to do everything I was capable of doing to show that I was really interested. I knew that it required many years of experience, but I wanted to be ready if ever the opportunity should arise.
We lived only one square from the Lane Free Library, and seldom a day passed that I did not go there to read. I became interested in the “Book of Knowledge” and read every volume. I was interested in scientific magazines and newspaper. I read very few novels because I did not care for them.
One day the steam line from the
boiler room burst, causing all the paper machines to cease running. They did
not start again for three days. On one occasion Mr. Forshey, the machine
tender, asked if I had ever been to
My parents were very happy when I
told them that I was going to enter school again. My father offered to pay my
expenses, but I would not allow that. I entered the
During the time I taught, attended school, or worked elsewhere. I devoted much time to the reading of newspapers, magazines, and occasionally a book. I like to read about current happenings much more than studying literature, more especially the lives of writers. I enjoy radio programs; especially speeches and good music.
My pet hobby is collecting old or rare coins of which I have several. I experienced considerable grief when my wife unthoughtedly spent two very rare half dollars not knowing their value. It was some time before I discovered their disappearance and I was unable to find any trace of them.
I enjoy teaching school, but it is too confining to suit my nature. I like to be outdoors, and I enjoy traveling. I hope to procure a position that will enable me to travel and see some of the wonders of nature. My greatest ambition is to realize the fulfillment of my dreams for my son, who is now two and one half years of age. I want to be able to offer him the best education possible, and then let him specialize in some particular field of his choice. I can only hope that his choice will be wise and for the betterment of the mass of people at large. What greater ambition could a father hold for his progeny?
Douglas Mason Childs
the son of
Maurice Clark Childs
the son of
on Christmas Eve 1998