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Having suffered the “greatest injury ever sustained by a football player in a game of schools...where the player lived and accomplished anything afterwards” while attending Bloomington High School, Kirkpatrick was determined to make something of himself despite enduring pain and fatigue the rest of his life. Using his “gift of gab” and “reasonable judgement,” he tried auctioneering. However, Kirkpatrick could not tolerate the physical demands of the job. He at last found success in 1908 after taking over his father’s small furniture business with his younger brother, which prospered for many years until it was sold to Leath & Co. in 1937.