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Louis LAmour was born on March 22 1908 in Jamestown North Dakota His father Louis Charles was a veterinarian and farm machinery salesman and was also involved in local politics Charles served as alderman of Jamestowns largest ward for many years as well as deputy sheriff but he lost his mayoral race LAmour married Katherine Elizabeth Adams on February 19 1956 They had two children Beau Dearborn and Angelique Gabrielle Contemporary Authors 25 Young Louie enjoyed playing cowboys and Indians and roughhoused in the family barn He did more than his share of reading particularly GA Henty an Englishman who wrote of wars through the nineteenth century His work ethic was instilled by his parents The LAmour family library encompassed some five hundred books among them the works of Whittier Lowell Longfellow and Poe as well as popular American and English writers The youngest of the LAmour children Louie remembered reading a five-volume Colliers History of the World while he was small enough to sit in his fathers lap His serious reading began at twelve with a collection of biographies titled The Genius of Solitude A book of natural history followed which he tried unsuccessfully to locate years later for his children Contemporary Authors 25 During adolescence LAmour immersed himself in books of chemistry mineralogy geology and the history of aircraft His concentrated self-education resulted in boredom with school LAmour left school and Jamestown at fifteen after completing the tenth grade Since crop failures were common in North Dakota and his fathers livelihood was linked to the farming community he decided to find his niche elsewhere By hitchhiking and riding the rails he arrived in Oklahoma City to visit an older brother who was the governors secretary but he soon moved on Hall By then I was broke and I got a job in West Texas skinning dead cattle that died from a prolonged drought They had been dead a while Some fellow
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