DRUGSTORE CLERK AT 14 HIS FIRST JOBBy Sue Gentry
Independence Examiner Truman Centennial Edition May 1984
Harry S. Truman's first pay, three big silver dollars, was "the biggest
thing that ever happened to me,"
he recalled in later years as he spoke of his job in the old Clinton Drug Store on the Independence
Square. In his wildest dreams he never would have believed he would someday earn $100,000 a year as
president of the United States.|
Harry Truman was 14 and a high school student in the old Ott School on North Liberty at College Street
when he went to work for Jim Clinton. The year was 1898.
"I was at work at 6:30 a.m. mopping floors, sweeping the sidewalk, getting everything in shipshape when
Mr. Clinton came in," Mr. Truman wrote in his memoirs.
"When everything was in order, there were bottles to be dusted and yards and yards of patent medicine
cases and shelves to clean. I never finished the bottles and shelves before school time and had to start
the next morning where I'd left off. How I hated Latin-covered prescription bottles and patent medicine
"The drugstore had plate glass windows in front with a big glass jar shaped like an enlarged Greek vase in