By  on March 28, 2012

1918: Samuel Moore Walton is born in Kingfisher, Okla. His family moves to Missouri and Sam graduates from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1940 with a B.A. in economics.

1942-45:
Sam serves as a captain in the U.S. Army Intelligence Corps. He marries Helen Robson in 1943 and they have four children: Rob, Jim, John and Alice. After completing his military service, Sam works for J.C. Penney in Iowa and opens a variety store in Newport, Ark.

1951: Walton’s Five and Dime opens in Bentonville, Ark.

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