|According to the Autobiography of Audie Murphy, which is in the Farmersville, Public Library, Emmett Berry Murphy was not home much of the time,|
much of his time betting on the horses or gambling. The book stated that
Audie would not have much to do with his father. Audie's family was very poor, according to stories from some of the older generation around Kingston, where Audie was born and lived, the children would steal from the neighboring farmer's fields to have enough food to eat. Emmett abandoned the family in 1936. Audie dropped out in the fifth grade to help support his family. He worked for one dollar per day, plowing and picking cotton on any farm that would hire him. Murphy became very skilled with a rifle, hunting small game, such as squirrels, rabbits and birds, to help feed the family. One of his favorite hunting companions was neighbor Dial Henley. When Henley commented that Murphy never missed what he shot at, Murphy replied, "Well, Dial, if I don't hit what I shoot at, my family won't eat today." Murphy had wanted to be a soldier all his youth and would have dreams about being engaged in combat. A self-confessed loner, Murphy would later say that even in his youth he had an explosive temper and was subject to mood swings. He worked at a combination general store, garage and gas station in Greenville. Boarded out, he worked in a radio repair shop. After the death of his Mother, Hunt County authorities placed Joseph, Nadine, and Beatrice ("Billie") Murphy in Boles Children's Home (Boles Home), a Christian orphanage in Quinlan, Texas, until Audie Murphy was able to see they were cared for, after he returned home to Texas in 1945.