Harry Shippe Truman


When Harry Truman was about five years old, his family noticed he was
having eye troubles. With these eye problems, Harry wasn\'t able to see
stars or the falling dust from fireworks. Harry never noticed this. When
his mother got his first pair of glasses, they were thick glass in which
the doctor said that he shouldn\'t run hard or play in many sports with them
on. Harry saw a whole new world when he first got the glasses. He would
stare for hours just looking at the bright stars. But, Harry\'s fun with
the glasses soon ended when he went to school. The other kids would tease
him about the glasses because he was the only one in the class with
glasses. The teasing didn\'t bother him much because the other kids grew up
learning not to hit kids with glasses.

Harry liked reading books in his spare time. He especially liked Mark
Twain\'s books \'Tom Sawyer\' and \'Huckleberry Finn\'. He had to read mostly
adult books. Another one of his favorite books were biographies of the
U.S. presidents. Harry read most of the three- thousand books that were in
a nearby library. Harry was very good in school because of reading all the
books. His mom wanted Harry, his brother Vivian, and Their little sister
Mary Jane to enrich their lives so she bought them a piano. She gave the
children lessons and noticed that Harry was especially gifted with the
piano. So, she sent him to get professional lessons with a woman named
Mrs. Edwin C. White. Everyone in his family thought that Harry would
become a concert Pianist. Harry thought so too. Harry had experiences
that the other kids did not have while playing the piano. Harry\'s teacher
once was a student of one of the greatest pianists ever to live named
Ignacy Jan Paderewski. When he was having a concert in their town, Harry\'s
teacher brought him to the concert and introduced Harry to Ignacy. Ignacy
showed Harry how to play his own famous composition Minuet in G. It was a
moment Harry never forgot. The kids at his school really started to make
fun of him when they saw him going to school with music roles because they
thought piano playing was for sissies. But he kept on going and still
ignored them. Harry\' father got harry a pony so he wouldn\'t be all books
and piano playing.

Harry graduated as the class of \'01 out of High School and planned to
go to College but Harry\'s father lost money on their farm so Harry had to
stay home and help out. Harry did finally go to school in the fall of 1901.
Harry got into the Spaulding Commercial College in Kansas City. He studied
business skills. But his father\'s money problems got worse and Harry had
to quit music lessons even though his mother and his teacher plead him to
let Harry go. Harry even had to quit college. Harry had to get a job to
help his family. He got a job as a timekeeper for a railroad. He had to
check all the railroad stops and see if people were working. While
working, Harry became of Baptist religion. After, He found a job in a
mailroom of the Kansas City Star newspaper to help his family. After that
job, Harry and his family had to sell their house to pay debts. They moved
in the same city but to a smaller house. Harry and his brother applied for
jobs at the National Bank of Commerce. They started at the bottom,
literally. They started in the basement. Harry had to work on the farm
next. When he was 26, he met a girl named Bess Walace. They started
dating for about a year then Harry proposed to her. She said \'NO\'. Over
the next two years, Harry\'s unlagging devotion and attention slowly won her
heart and she accepted. They kept their engagement a secret because Harry
couldn\'t afford to buy her a ring. The same year after Harry proposed, farm
prices went down and worst of all, Harry\'s father died. Harry had to try
to run the farm by himself. He had thee debts and the prospect of his
marriage to Bess made him try to find ways to make money. Harry tried a
lead and zinc mining business. He and two friends formed the TCH Mining
Company. None of them knew much about mining. The prices also went down,
their equipment broke, and they didn\'t have enough funds to keep it