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O Henry William Sydney Porter- later known as O Henry was born in North Carolina O Henry wrote many colorful and dramatic short stories The inspiration for the many stories that he wrote came from his experiences through life Some of these include working in a drugstore sheep ranching bronco busting living as a fugitive in Honduras Zwerger 1 William Sydney Porters mother died when he was only about three years old After her death William moved in with his aunt and his grandmother While he was living with his aunt and grandmother will started to enjoy reading books and drawing sketches Will was influenced a lot by his Aunt When will was seventeen he got his first real job Will worked in a Drugstore with his Uncle Clark His Uncle Clark was the owner of the store Will liked working as a Pharmacist got licensed as a practicing pharmacist Current-Garcia pg13 2 In 1882 will decided to leave home and come along to Southwest Texas as a guest of Mr and Ms Hall They were going to visit their four boys that lived out in Southwest Texas Will enjoyed Texas very much he learned the ways of the west and while out in the west he started to develop talent as a cartoonist Will also learn how to raise cattle and work on a cattle ranch Will enjoyed working on the ranch he worked on the ranch for about two years Current-Garcia pg13 2 In 1884 will decided it was time for a change of pace and moved to Austin Texas Will still kept his interest for drawing cartoons and drawing sketches At age twenty-five he married a beautiful nineteen-year-old lady named Athol Estes A year after there marriage their first child was born Sadly their son died shortly after his birth Will and Athol were devastated by this One year later they had another baby and it was a healthy
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