Manuscripts/Mixed Material [J. D. Mashburn]
“Spring came, and then summer, and in no time at all we were back in New York. Still a private, I got my honorable discharge at Camp Lee, Va., on July 26, 1919, and went straight home. I hadn't seen my folks for years - I was in the West when I went in the Army, and hadn't been home since I left for Colorado. It was sure good to be back in these mountains again. My father had done well, too, and had money in the bank.
“Since I was a boy I had always wanted a business of my own, and once in Colorado I had a small refreshment stand, but it didn't pay, and I lost it. When I got back from the Army I looked around for something, and worked for a short while in the tannery near home, but I wanted to get into a business that I could own someday. I didn't find anything around here, however, so I headed for the West again. I made some money in Kansas, shucking corn, and saved most of it - there wasn't anywhere to spend it. We worked six full days a week, and got $5 a day besides our room, board, and laundry. The only expense was clothes: we wore out two pairs of canvas gloves a day, and one pair of overalls a week. They didn't cost much, though, and I got quite a bit ahead. We would go to the little town every Saturday