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Hard Worker: 1913

Hard Worker: 1913

        The incorrigibly industrious Eugene Dalton 100 years ago -- we last saw him in 2007, in the second photo ever posted on Shorpy.

November 1913. Fort Worth, Texas. "Some results of messenger and newsboy work. For nine years this 16-year-old boy has been newsboy and messenger for drug stores and telegraph companies. He was recently brought before the Judge of the Juvenile Court for incorrigibility at home. Is now out on parole, and was working again for drug company when he got a job carrying grips in the Union Depot. He is on the job from 6 A.M. to 11 P.M. (seventeen hours a day) for seven days in the week. His mother and the Judge think he uses cocaine, and yet they let him put in these long hours every day. He told me 'There ain't a house in "The Acre" [Red Light] that I ain't been in. At the drug store, all my deliveries were down there.' Says he makes from $15 to $18 a week. Eugene Dalton." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.


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Eugene Dalton, the second generation

Once again the 1940 Census logs come in handy. That year, Eugene was living with Katherine in Laramie, Wyoming, where he worked as a fireman for a steam railroad company. They had two children: 11-year-old Daniel Wesley Dalton and 10-year-old David Livingston Dalton. As for whether those children were incorrigible, be aware that in the Fort Logan National Military Cemetery in Colorado, there lies a former U.S. Marine named Daniel Wesley Dalton whose birth year and state matches that of Eugene's oldest son. He lived until 1979.

Happy wife, happy life

I hope he and Kathryn were able to manage a somewhat normal life after Eugene's awful teenaged years. Doesn't sound like he enjoyed much of a childhood and WW1 wasn't exactly a walk in the park for anyone.

If you're going to do cocaine, marry a nurse.

His draft notice says he served honorably in WWI and in 1927 he married Kathryn Brown, an R.N. Couldn't find his obit, and there's no information available on whether his two children were incorrigible, but it probably would have been poetic justice.

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