Cal Hittle hauled his first garbage can when he was just 5 years old.
To make ends meet, Hittle’s father had to work a variety of jobs — wildcatter in the oil fields, ranch hand and logger, to name a few. Wherever there was work, that is where the family went. All told, they lived in seven different states, and the children attended 13 different schools.
Money was tight.
One day while the family was living at a trailer court at an oil camp in North Dakota, Cal and his younger brother, Ken, decided they wanted to help out.
Hoping to raise enough money to buy milk for their newborn sister, they grabbed a little red wagon and visited all of their neighbors, offering to take away their garbage for 5 cents a load.
“I’m not sure how important the money we raised really was, but we felt so proud that we could buy our sister milk,” Hittle said.
That sense of pride that comes from working hard and going the extra mile is something Hittle has carried with him into his career and beyond.