Amon G. Carter (1879–1955) was born in a
one-room log cabin in Crafton, Texas. His parents were William
Henry Carter and Josephine Annie Ream. At age fourteen he left home
and moved to Bowie, where he worked at a variety of odd jobs.
In Bowie he became one of the "Chicken and
Bread Boys". There were several of them. Every day their mothers
would cook fried chicken and biscuits to be ready when the trains
arrived. The boys would take the chicken and biscuits to the station
and sell them to the passengers.
In 1900 he began working as a traveling
salesman for the American Copying Company, a Chicago-based firm that
specialized in oil-colored portrait photographs, and became national
sales manager in 1901.
And the rest is History.