Francis E. Miller began his memoirs at the age of 77, several years after his retirement. Born in 1909 in Belmont County, Ohio, his life spanned the 20th Century. At fifteen, he left Barnesville, Ohio for the big city, Canton, Ohio. His memoirs record his struggles and triumphs and provide insights into the times he experienced. This is the story of a not so common man, but a story similar to many of his generation. He wrote of his childhood, his lifelong fascination with automobiles, courtship, marriage, family, work and career experiences, his bout with throat cancer and subsequent laryngectomy, and finally retirement. His insights and experiences reflect the man he was and the nature of life in the 20th Century.