Born in MacDuff, Scotland, in 1904, Mr. McCallum "worked on a troller in Scotland until I came to the U.S. in 1921. Here I worked for many years at the Ford plant in Detroit - on the assembly line." While in Scotland, he says, "We caught fish, especially fat herring. Sometimes we went out thirty miles, but mostly fished along the coast. "When at sea I befriended a golden eagle who was hurt. The eagle became a pet, returning to the boat each day and I would feed it." He also recalls inadvertently catching a whale. He notes, "My wife and I loved to travel all over the world, and we did. I always loved music, too, and wrote several hymns." He said in the early 1980s at the Champaign County Nursing Home, "I'm not able to take care of myself very much. I have to depend upon my daughter and her family for so many things - helping me walk, doing my cooking, helping me to bed, and so forth. I'm frustrated because I cannot express my thoughts correctly at times. I'm an old man:'"
Source: Raymond Bial, There is a Season, Champaign County Nursing Home, 1984.