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farmland. Simplot’s father became a homesteader, obtaining land for free and clearing it with a steel rail dragged between two teams of
horses. Simplot grew up working hard on the farm. He rebelled against his domineering father, dropped out of school at the age of fifteen,
and left home. He found work at a potato warehouse in the small town of Declo, Idaho. He sorted potatoes with a “shaker sorter,” a handheld device, nine to ten hours a day for 30 cents an hour. At the boarding house where he rented a room, Simplot met a group of
schoolteachers who were being paid not in cash but in interest-bearing scrip. Simplot bought the scrip from the teachers for 50 cents on the
dollar — and then sold the scrip to a local bank for 90 cents on the dollar. With his earnings, Simplot bought a rifle, an old truck, and 600
hogs for $1 a head. He built a cooker in the desert, stoked it with sagebrush, shot wild horses, skinned them, sold their hides for $2 each,...
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2014 for the course MGMT 120 taught by Professor Litt during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.
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