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Earning a living even as a child
Jim Brewer: The early years

By Steve Lackmeyer Published: June 29, 2008

d he'd say, ‘Well, somebody should know ...'”

It was at random moments like this, Brewer said, choked up with tears, recalling that he was repeatedly beaten. He fled home and moved in with his grandfather. He was a good man, Brewer said, but also strict: he required everybody in the household to get up at 5 a.m. for breakfast, no exceptions.

Brewer couldn't make that hour — he was working until midnight or later at the Play More Bowling Alley at NW 4 and Broadway and then having to walk several miles to his grandfather's house at SE 28 and Central.

The only way to live within his grandfather's rules and still work was to live in the chicken coop behind the house.

And Brewer said he did just that.

Jim Brewer is held by his mother, Evelyn Brewer, outside his grandfather's home. PROVIDED by Jim Brewer

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