Ike’s First Job(s)

Each day, KHC features the hot topics and great speakers in the Speakers Bureau catalog. Today’s featured presentation is “The Kansas Work Ethic of Dwight D. Eisenhower” by Roy Bird.

It’s said that part-time jobs build character in young people. If that’s the case, then what did Dwight D. Eisenhower’s do for an after-school job? The future general and president learned to work hard at an early age. In addition to his daily chores, he worked various jobs including selling vegetables, laboring as a farm hand, and working for several years at the Belle Springs Creamery.

Young Dwight Eisenhower

Young Dwight Eisenhower.Image courtesy of Kansas Historical Society.

Roy Bird, former director of the Kansas Center for the Book, talks about how young Ike managed these jobs while earning good grades in school and participating in sports and community activities.

“Adult audiences find the close identification I have with the location and the era of the Eisenhower family of the 1890s and early 20th century refreshing,” said Bird. “I talk about what Ike learned in Kansas, not events after he left.”

Bring Roy Bird’s “The Kansas Work Ethic of Dwight D. Eisenhower” or one of the other presentations in the Speakers Bureau catalog to your community for FREE with a Resource Center Support Grant. It’s quick and easy! Visit the Speakers Bureau page to get started or contact Leslie Von Holten, KHC program officer, for more information.