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Sam Walton was born on 29th March 1918 near Kingfisher, Oklahoma to Thomas and Nancy Walton. He lived on a farm up until 1923 when his father decided to return to his previous occupation as a loan appraiser because farming was not providing the family with sufficient income. Tagging along with his father on some of the farm repossessions, he saw many families being turned out of their land. This instilled him with the importance of frugality at a young age. Growing up during the Great Depression meant that he had to work before and after school to help his family meet their financial needs. He milked the family cows every morning; his mother would bottle the milk while he was at school, and after football practice he would deliver the bottles. He also delivered newspapers, sold magazine and subscriptions, and raised and sold rabbits and pigeons. He still found time to become an Eagle Scout, making him the youngest Eagle Scout in Missouri history.
With his father always travelling, his mother, Nan Walton, took on most of the work of raising, disciplining, and motivating Sam Walton. She had high ambitions for him. She read a lot and loved education, and insisted that he would go to college and make something of himself. In 1933, at the start of Sam’s sophomore year in high school, the family moved to Columbia, Missouri which was home to several colleges. This was largely due to Nan Walton’s urging as she felt that the change would improve his chances of going to college. He started school that fall at Columbia’s Hickman High School. His friendly and outgoing demeanor made him popular with his classmates. He became vice president of his junior class and president of the student body his senior year. He also played football and basketball and was intensely competitive. He joined every school club in sight, worked part-time in a five-and-dime store, and delivered…...

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