Amazing Kids! Magazine

Samuel Clemens and Thomas Edison

By Natalie Brady, Jr. Assistant Editor


Back in the olden days, kids (especially young men) were expected to go out and find jobs for themselves and make money to send home to their families. Most boys dropped out of school early, and went to get jobs as just teenagers. Some just 13 years of age became apprentices, factory workers, farmers, and more. These days, at the age of 13, kids are merely babysitting or mowing the lawn… not going out on their own, getting a job and making significant money to send home, as well as to support themselves.

Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain)

For instance, when Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain) finished the fifth grade, he quit school and went to work at a printing shop. Thomas Edison got his first job when he was 12; he was a newspaper boy. This way, Clemens and Edison were able to help their families financially, since they did not come from wealthy homes.

Despite their need to go to work at a young age, both men didn’t give up on their dreams. Clemens used his experiences with all his different jobs to serve as a foundation for his stories. Edison probably kept his mind occupied while calling out the news headlines by putting together puzzles in his head that lead to some of his inventions.

Thomas Edison

No matter what job you find yourself doing, you may find you are preparing for the future or giving yourself time to think. Take every opportunity you can, and maybe one day you will become the next Samuel Clemens or Thomas Edison!

Samuel Clemens (also known as Mark Twain) wrote many famous stories, such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Thomas Edison was a famous inventor, who brought us such tools as the light-bulb and phonograph.