There were some real heroes of history in
Alderson, if you define doing
an extremely kind and humane action to assist a youth in their early
march in life. Shag Patton, did me a favor I will never forget, but at
the time due to my comparative ignorance was not recognizable by me
for how great it was.
I paid for every penny of my own education with
my own money from my own labors until my senior year. I worked in that
very uncertain period during the summer at snowflake under the tipple.
Going onto my senior year I was out of enough money to get me through.
I knew nothing about money in those days.
Bankers were very very
conservative and banking was almost 100 percent local. The bankers were
very protective of local customers and their shareholders. Anyway, I
went to the banker who seemed somewhat unsettled about loaning me
money. Looking back its understandable, but considering my later
actions wrong. Anyway, the banker said he would let me know? A week or
so later Shag Patton told me he had co signed my note and I could
continue to go to school. My ignorance was beyond comprehension, I had
no idea what a favor Shag had done for me.
I went on to get a
undergraduate and masters degree. After I got a job the bank sent
me a bill which, remember I knew nothing, I did not pay! The banker
sent me a letter telling me how credit was a great privilege and
failing to pay an obligation caused all types of terrible chain
reactions. You can bet I paid that bill and I do not believe I have
ever been late on any bill because it is your chief obligation as an
American citizen to pay your debts when they are due!
Shag Patton was
one great American and he did me a great favor. I doubt Shag is still
with us but he did a very poor boy a very great favor and I will never
forget it. He was a super American and a super Aldersonian!