I was a young man growing up on a South Dakota farm during the dust bowl days of the 1930's. During the Depression days when everyone lost their homes and farms because times were hard and money was short, it seemed we were doomed forever. But after the war, things changed and I was able to move from the farm to a small town.
Because of ill health, I could no longer do farm work. I learned the plumbing and heating business from an older man and became self-employed in a plumbing and heating business. I owned and operated this business for 38 years and became a millionaire at the age of 65, retiring as a well-to-do man. This story tells all about my life from near starvaton on a South Dakota farm to becoming a millionaire.
CLarence G. Vilhauer was born April 19, 1925 in Edmund's County, South Dakota. He grew up on a farm in South Dakota and received his education at a farm school. As an entrepreneur, he owned and operated a plumbing and heating company for 38 years. He retired in 1988.