|THE PHILADELPHIA YEARS
After a short
at home, I went back to Philadelphia to "seek my
fortune," as we called
it in those days--and to make Frances Connor my wife.
I've always had
affection for prize fighting, having done a bit of
boxing in the Navy
having witnessed hundreds of bouts in and around
Philadelphia in the
I had a lot of
in Philadelphia. France and I were married there in
1920, and we
in the city for the next seven years. I held down a
succession of good
jobs, the first being with E.J. Rooksby Company, an
engine repair shop.
I later held the position of chief engineer at the
moving to the E.J. Nick Company, a coat and apron
Dave and Frances Connor O'Neill
Perhaps I shouldn't have left Philadelphia in 1927. For an uneducated country boy, I was doing extremely well there. I was chief engineer in a large laundry plant, making good money and saving a lot of it. My wife was a Philadelphia girl, at home in the city. And I loved Philly, too--but kinship and a desire to make it big in private business led me back to Wise County.
When I handed
at the laundry, the company president, Mr. Conover,
called me in to
me from leaving. But when I told him ny reason: that I
brothers eager to start the first damp wash laundry in
a part of the
that was booming right then, he gave in.
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