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Amon G. Carter stands beside the home of his birth. He was born in Crafton, Wise County, Texas, on December 11, 1879 

As a boy, Amon quit his country school after the fifth grade. In Nacona in the 1880s he collected half-pint whiskey bottles from the wagon yards after Saturday nights and resold them to the saloonkeepers for twenty cents a dozen.

Amon's mother died when he was thirteen. His father married again and had three more children. When Amon left for Bowie, Texas, he worked in the  boarding house as a waiter and "chambermaid" for $1.50 a week. One of the five "chicken and bread boys," he sold sandwiches to passengers on the Fort Worth and Denver City Railroad lines.

 

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