Editor’s Note: This is the conclusion of part of John Agan’s article about Gene Austin.

With his new contract signed, Gene received his first royalty check under the new agreement for sales of his previous recordings.  That payment shows just how much of a moneymaker Austin had been for Victor records.  The check was for $96,000.  Gene decided it was time to go back to Minden and in his own words, “preen himself before the home folks.” His return was greeted by a large crowd and a reception at the depot for the local boy

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