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The Early Years…

June 30, 2008

This will be an ongoing post, which I will add to on a regular basis, sharing with you the life of David Wilson from an early age until present.  There is much to share!  So please visit often!

Dave, as a baby, being held by his “Aunt Grace.”

David Wilson was born in Cain in the 1930s and lived with his parents, a brother and sister in a small but close-knit rural Arkansas community.  He grew up surrounded by many relatives and friends.  Local travel was by foot, by horse or horse & buggy in the early years.  Dave’s grandmother lived to be 99.6 years and only road in an automobile a handful of times.  She never set foot on an airplane.  Dave’s father was a dog trainer and trader. People would travel from all over the United States to buy his top-trained hunting dogs.  Many times, he would get letters only addressed to “the dog man” – and those letters never had any trouble finding their way to him.  These folks hunted or raised much of their food, kept gardens, canned, tanned hides, churned their butter, dipped their water from an artesian well and made their lye soap… life was simple, but hard.  I will be writing much more on these folks and their life in Crawford Co., Arkansas.

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Dave’s young mother, Bessie.

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David & Bessie, Dave’s parents, as a young couple.

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David, Dave’s father, as a young man.

It is unclear what he is holding.  (It appears to be a badger or skunk… your guesses are welcome!)

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David (Dave’s father)

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Dave (early school days)

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Dave (on the right) with his father and siblings.

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The chicken house.  (Dave on right)

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A humble, but festively decorated tree & gifts, one crisp Christmas morning.

(Dave on the right, little sister Lucille front/center, & younger brother Curt on left.)

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Dave, as a young pre-teen.

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Dave (above), as a young teen.  “Check out that leather!”

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Dave, in High School.  Makes you think “James Dean” a little bit, doesn’t it?

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David, Dave’s father (above)

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“A pretty smooth character…”  Elvis WHO?

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As the song goes…. “Everyone’s talkin’ ’bout the sharp dressed man….!”

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Dave (right) with his father.  Preparing to butcher a hog. (Click to enlarge)

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Dave, after joining the Navy, on the USS Barrett to Guam

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David, at the artisian well.

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