Author, historian, and storyteller, Jim H. Reed does it again as he magically weaves his story of a young Chinese man into the history of America's Old West. Lured to America by the dream of gold, thousands of young Chinese men fled the poverty of their own country and answer the mystical call of 'The Golden Mountain'. The trip was hard, the life they found and the treatment they received was not what they expected. The soil and the rocks of the Golden Mountain were incredibly hard by any standards. They bled and they died on American soil but their resolve helped build a country where none had previously existed.
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Jim H. Reed was born in Boise, Idaho in 1926, the fourth of five children. He attended Boise public schools, Boise Junior College, the University of Omaha and the United States Merchant Marine Academy. After graduation from the Academy he spent nine years as an officer in the Naval Reserve; one of these years was spent at sea. He sailed twice down the entire West coast of South America and once around the world, visiting 21 countries. Jim was a good tennis player who player number one in three different schools and in two major national tournaments. A few months after graduation he met Paulene Wilson, a widow with a five-year-old daughter, Linda. They were married a year later. They had a son, Barry, who was killed in an auto accident in 2001. After several years as a banker, Jim and Barry went into the mortgage brokerage business and for years enjoyed some interesting events. During these years Jim became a writer and an artist. He painted in watercolor and sculpted in wood and bronze. His bronze busts included people such as Jerry Timan, a Horatio Alger award winner; Jack Simplot, an Idaho Industrialist and Ted DeGrazia, an Arizona artist.
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