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By 1900, Asaph had established a professional relationship with Dr. J.R. Hopkins who was the proprietor of his own medicine company in Atlanta. Hopkins assumed a mentoring role over the young, enterprising Asaph and connected him with the Hopkins and Loan Company in Charleston, S.C. This company was gaining a foothold on America's ballooning habit of buying on credit which would lead to disaster, thirty years later. Asaph took leave of his young bride, Ethel, and their children to learn the new business. The 1900 Census established Asaph to be a collector. For whatever reason, be it the work, the location, or separation from family, Asaph, in May of 1900, he returned home to Canton.

 

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