Eisenhower was born on October 14, 1890, in Denison, Texas. He was the third eldest brother out of seven. All of the boys were called "Ike", such as "Big Ike" (Edgar) and "Little Ike" (Dwight); the nickname was intended as an abbreviation of their last name. In 1892, the family moved to Abilene, Kansas, which Eisenhower considered as his home town. As a child, he was involved in an accident that cost his younger brother an eye; he later referred to this as an experience teaching him the need to be protective of those under him.
Dwight developed an enduring interest in the outdoors, hunting, fishing, cooking and card playing from an illiterate named Bob Davis who camped on the Smoky Hill River. And though his mother was a pacifist, it was her collection of history books that first sparked Eisenhower's lasting interest in military history. He persisted in reading the books in her collection and became a voracious reader in the subject.
Call of Juarez: GunslingerEdit
In 1910, Dwight was visting the Bull's Head Saloon, when a poncho-clad man walked inside. The man revealed himself to be Silas Greaves an infamous gunslinger who was widely known. Dwight wanted to hear some of Silas' stories, so Silas spent the next several hours recounting his tales, all the way from his days riding with Billy the Kid, up till his showdown with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Despite Jack (another patron of the saloon) being very skeptical of Silas' stories, Dwight believed Silas' tales were true. After Silas finished his stories, he revealed the bartender Ben, was actually in fact Roscoe "Bob" Bryant, the man who lynched Silas and his brothers decades earlier. However, Bob pleaded with Silas to spare his life, and Silas left him alive. Silas turned to Dwight, and asked him what he wanted to do with his life. Dwight told the man he was going to West Point. Silas told Dwight to make something good out of his life, unlike what Silas did.
- Dwight mentions heading to West Point "tomorrow". This refers to Dwight's training at the school.
- Silas' advice of "doing something good with [his] life", parallels Eisenhower's great deeds during World War II, and as president of the United States.
- As noted in Eisenhower's "Nugget of Truth", Eisenhower was very fond of learning about the Old West, including becoming friends with an old cowboy. Eisenhower often visited the local saloon to hear stories from the "old-timers".