Manuscripts/Mixed Material [J. H. Marshall]
It seems that Buck has had several serious disagreements with people in the automobile business in the town where he was born, and where he has spent most of his life. His last important job there was given up because the owner of the business interfered with the management of the repair shop. Buck was the service manager, but he was not given a free hand.
As a young man, about 18, he was employed to drive a wealthy man and his wife to Palm Beach, and they liked him so well they wanted to adopt him, but he refused. He liked them, too, but he did not care to be their adopted son. He lived with them a few months, and then got a job as a helper in a garage. He worked his way up to a mechanic's position, but in about a year he tired of Florida, and returned to his home. He immediately scoured a job as a mechanic, and built up a good reputation for efficiency. Later, for a few months, he engaged in a mining enterprise with two other men, but it was unsuccessful. At another time he became interested in aviation, and learned to fly. Three of his brothers are aviators (or were: one was killed in an accident).
For many years Buck was the man to whom other mechanics brought their troubles when they could not solve them. Buck never failed. No job was too tough or too complicated for him. About five months ago, in October, he learned of a place in the mountains about 65 miles away where there is a small permanent settlement