Reprinted from the
"Fowler News" - January 20, 1949.
Paul Brice tells of his early
experiences working for a sister of the Dalton Gang
Eva Dalton Whipple
to our friend Paul Brice this week the reporter learned a
great deal of his early life that had never been reveled to
this newspaper before
after Mr. and Mrs. Brice were married, Paul secured a job at
the Urie Hotel in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Paul
emphatically stated that it was a job and not a position.
Like any young married couple, a job was necessary and
sometimes work was not as plentiful as it is at the present
that they needed a man at this hotel and he applied for the
job and within a few days he found himself working hard at
his job. In the interview Paul stated that is was a fulltime
job working many days 25 hours out of the 24.
In a short
time after he was on the job he found that the owner and
manager of the hotel was Mrs. Whipple, a sister of the
notorious Dalton gang. His job was quite varied serving as
chambermaid, porter, and cab driver, along with many other
jobs that would take up his spare time, providing he had
time to spare.
days, all hotels had their own cabs to meet the trains and
solicit patrons for the hotel. He would use the bus to haul
the passengers to the hotel and then he would crank up the
old model T Ford pick-up and return to the depot for
seemed to be a secondary matter as far as his boss was
concerned and her disposition was very unpleasant at times.
He really had four hours each day for his own which was from
1 a.m. to 5a.m. and of course, if he was not busy and out of
her sight he could obtain a few more hours of sleep,
providing the other help did not divulge that news to their
boss. His first months salary was $50.00 and the owner
promised him a raise to $60.00 after the first month
providing he made good and when he received his second
check, the amount was again $50.00, Paul was not long
deciding that an interview was necessary with Mrs. Whipple
and he threatened to resign if he did not get the raise
allowed two meals a day while on the job but he stated that
he was compelled to eat what they had left over. Paul was
not long in learning the routine of the hotel and within a
short time he got on the good side of the cooks and his food
then was as good as the best.
another month and he decided that he had enough experience
working in a hotel and he definitely decided that he would
much rather farm than be a bellhop and work for the sister
of the notorious Dalton gang.
Paul has no
desire of returning to his job of 28 years ago.