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This story is difficult to confirm because my Uncle Dale is dead. He died of a heart attack in 1961. Fact or fiction, the story goes like this.

Dale operated clothing stores in Arkadelphia, Ark. "He was the best merchant of the bunch," my father often said. Everyone on my father’s side of the family was a small-town retailer; his two brothers, his sister and his father.

The family lore is that my Uncle Dale knew Sam Walton. Here is the connection. Walton purchased a Ben Franklin variety store in Newport, Ark. The store was a franchise of the Butler Brothers chain, where my Uncle Dale worked before he opened his own stores. In the 1950s and early 1960s, they were both budding businessmen in that part of Arkansas.