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Sam Walton Milkman

March 26, 2012 by staff 

Sam Walton Milkman, Sam Walton (Wal-Mart) Was a Milkman, Walton is the founder of the retail store Wal-Mart (everybody’s favorite discount store which is everywhere, literally). Walton came from extremely humble beginnings. He used to milk the family’s cows, bottle the milk, and then delivered it to paying customers. He also used to deliver newspapers afterward, just like Buffett.

Samuel Moore “Sam” Walton (March 29, 1918 – April 5, 1992) was a businessman and entrepreneur born in Kingfisher, Oklahoma best known for founding the retailers Walmart and Sam’s Club. Sam Walton was born to Thomas Gibson Walton and Nancy Lee. There, he lived with his parents on their farm until 1923. Sam’s father decided farming did not generate enough income on which to raise a family, so he decided to go back to a previous profession of a mortgage man.

He and his family (now with another son, James, born in 1921) moved from Oklahoma to Chesterfield, Missouri. There they moved from one small town to another for several years. While attending eighth grade in Shelbina, Sam became the youngest Eagle Scout in the state’s history. In adult life, Walton became a recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America.

Eventually the family landed in Columbia, Missouri. Growing up during the Great Depression, Walton had numerous chores to help make financial ends meet for his family as was common at the time. He milked the family cow, bottled the surplus, and drove it to customers. Afterwards, he would deliver Columbia Daily Tribune newspapers on a paper route. In addition, he also sold magazine subscriptions. Upon graduating from David H. Hickman High School in Columbia, he was voted “Most Versatile Boy”.

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