Cyrus Eaton III, Runaway Scion

We often hear of folks such as "Clark Rockefeller" who are born poor and masquerade as rich people. But what about a fellow born rich who wants to be poor?


Original article here.

A picture of Cyrus Eaton III circa the runaway period.


No doubt it was hard being the grandson of Cyrus Eaton the First, creator of the family fortune.

Here's Grandpa leading the pack in 1958, with Cyrus the Third appearing as the third child behind Grandpa.


Cyrus Eaton the Second followed pretty much in his father's mode, as we learn from the obituary of Cyrus Eaton II.

And guess what else we learn from that obit? Cyrus Eaton the Third has become "Cyrus Wind Dancer." A little googling finds out he now runs a clock repair business in Santa Rosa, CA.

Free from the burdens of wealth at last!
     Posted By: Paul - Wed May 07, 2014
     Category: Family | Misbehavior, Rebellion, Acting-out and General Naughtiness | Money | 1950s | 1960s

Ah.... poor guy. Let's take up a collection. Y'all can send your checks to...
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 05/07/14 at 09:32 AM
It sounds like Cyrus III actually had his head on straight - even with all the assets that were available to him as a youth, Mr. Eaton has finished up doing something he wants to do and not what he was expected to do.
Posted by KDP on 05/07/14 at 02:44 PM
This reminds me somehow of "Sullivan's Travels".
Posted by tadchem on 05/07/14 at 03:06 PM
Poor Little Rich Girl (1936)

Actually, I doubt that Cyrus III could have truly lived a simple life. Part of being a common person is having to scramble for food or rent money when things are tight. He might have skipped a meal here and there, but I don't see him endangering his health by going hungry for weeks at a time or spending a month living on the street until he could beg or borrow enough money for rent.

Also, I think basic economics would be ingrained in him -- it's far smarter to buy a house rather than rent. I suspect he would have bought a house without second thought. Even if he went the common way (mortgage), the bank would have known his resources when making the loan and given him a far better interest rate than usual, cutting his expenses considerably.

He never would have had the specter of spending his last years in the charity ward of a hospital hanging over him like most clock-repairers did.
Posted by Phideaux on 05/07/14 at 06:20 PM
Playing at being poor, but with one hell of a safety net.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 05/07/14 at 08:33 PM
Is he happy repairing clocks? Then good on him. He could've sat on his backside, lived off his grandad's fortune, and been obnoxious to commoners. Instead he does something useful. I can't blame him.
Posted by Richard Bos on 05/08/14 at 07:27 AM
I think making an honest living doing clock repairs is great!
Posted by Grant Shaw on 05/13/14 at 03:51 AM
But still you'll never get it right
'Cos when you're laying in bed at night
Watching roaches climb the wall
If you called your dad he could stop it all, yeah
You'll never live like common people
You'll never do whatever common people do
Never fail like common people
You'll never watch your life slide out of view
And then dance and drink and screw
Because there's nothing else to do
Posted by getkind on 05/13/14 at 07:53 PM
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