And for what it's worth, he had $40 in his pockets at that significant moment in his life. Definitely a detail I'm going to have to use when I tell the tale of my family tree in the future.
THE U.S. INFLATION Calculator estimates that's about $552 in monetary value today. Or about one week's pay at some jobs I have held in my life. How many of us would be willing to skip away from everything we know with just a week's salary to tide us over?
It definitely makes me think more highly of the life change that my grandfather made nearly a century ago.
And for coming up with this documentation, I may have to break down and give my Aunt Christie the praise she has long sought.