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My Experiences in War and Business: One Man's Story of Success in America

Hawkins, Otis Earl; Foreword by Dan Quayle

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ISBN 10: 1878802216 / ISBN 13: 9781878802217
Published by Ashbrook Press, Ashland, Ohio, 1999
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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SIGNED by Hawkins on the half-title page. Hardcover binding is clean and solid. The interior and text are clean and unmarked. The dust jacket is bright, attractive, and whole. NOT ex-lib. A clean, solid copy in jacket. xv, 317pp. Bookseller Inventory # 006998

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Title: My Experiences in War and Business: One ...

Publisher: Ashbrook Press, Ashland, Ohio

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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To describe Earl Hawkins as a self-made millionaire is about as incomplete a formulation as describing a Stradivarius as a wooden box with strings. His autobiography is an American story. It is about a poor, half-blind, young boy from the back woods of West Virginia, overcoming all adversity through simple, quiet, and honest determination and making himself wealthy, to be sure, but above all, a man. It is about his experiences in a war that shaped the world in which we now live: how he joined a most unlikely outfit of the National Guard; how he fooled the medical examiner to get into the Army: how he fought for several years in the Pacific--winning the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart. It is about a man building his own American dream, piece by piece, with honesty and integrity. It is about the habits and virtues of successful people--described in an intelligent, witty and engaging way.

Foreward by Dan Quayle

About the Author:

Otis Earl Hawkins was born in Braxton County, West Virginia on March 2, 1915. He grew up in a hollow far back in the hills. With ten dollars in his pocket, he headed for Ohio. He walked the first ten miles along a narrow dirt road and then hitchhiked the remainder of the way.

It was the time of the Great Depression of the 1930's. Working at survival type wages, Hawkins joined the National Guard. In October 1940, President Roosevelt called the Ohio National Guard into federal service. During World War II, he spent 38 months in the Pacific Theater as an infantry sergeant in command of a squad and later a platoon. Hawkins won the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart.

After the war, Hawkins returned to Ashland. Within a few years, he married Betty Myers--a girl who worked at the local A & P store. In 1950, they purchased a large two-story house with a canopy attached to the front where gas had been sold. They started in business with an open-air fruit market under the canopy. The first day's sales totaled a little over $13.

Over the years, the business grew to include seven supermarkets, a large cafeteria, and Hawks Nest Golf Course-- one of Ohio's highest ranked golf courses. Also, Hawkins served on the Board of Ashland University. He and Betty made the lead gift of one million dollars to Ashland University for the construction of the Hawkins-Conard Student Center.

In 1996, Mr. and Mrs. Hawkins sold Hawkins Cafeteria to an employee and her husband. The supermarkets were also sold a year later to a large company. They still own the real estate where the stores are located and the golf course that is Betty's pride and joy.

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