Archibald Bush knew that a person’s leadership potential could not be measured by the population of their hometown.
Born and raised in Granite Falls, a small farming community in west central Minnesota, Archie dropped out of school in eighth grade to work on the family farm. He often told people that he probably would have stayed there if it wasn’t for his chronic hay fever.
Instead, with $25 in his pocket, he left Granite Falls to pursue his fortune in Duluth, Minn. There, he worked as a laborer during the day, went to school at night and eventually landed a job with a little company that made industrial sandpaper.