Dan, H.N., Ruby, Tom, Aleck, Brooks, Loretta, and Mack were all members of the Laxson family in Pearsall, Texas. All of the older children worked to support their parents and younger siblings during the depression era.
In 1933, Dan began working as the manager of the can plant for $19.20 per week. He was the third highest paid employee in the county! Unfortunately, his employment came to an end in 1935 so he decided to try and attend college.
When he arrived in San Antonio in pursuit of higher education, he was told that if he played football and worked in the dining hall, they would cover his room and board, but he would need money for books and supplies.
In search of money for books, Dan hitched a ride back to Pearsall with a man named George DeArment, who sold hams from the back of his refrigerated truck. Dan decided that this seemed like a pretty good business, and abandoned his ideas of higher education in order to enter into the meat business.