My Son: To Whom It May Concern – By H. Harold Brown
I suppose this to be a short résumé of my life, but much more it is the Americana of some 80 years in which I have lived.
I am 87 years of age, and the writings in My Son span time from the 1930s to the present. Those who have read my work tell me I write somewhat like I verbalize the stories.
I have also included some of my stories and a few reprints from a newspaper column I had during the 1960s. They were carried only by my hometown newspaper, The Malakoff News.
What you will read are my life experiences, recalled from an old memory with the proviso that for some there is no one left to verify or contradict, except where I have noted otherwise.
Somewhere along the way, I have gravitated toward an understanding that most, if not all, of life is governed by the “trend of circumstances.” Since the trend of circumstance not only relies on the remembrance of life experiences past, but also recognizes the life experience of now, we may say it also presupposes the life experience to come. These always concern others. And so it is with a trend of circumstance—and hopefully the application of faith, hope, and charity—that I will bring to mind some small remembrances of circumstance.
H. Harold Brown
Brown grew up in Malakoff, Texas, and served four years with the U. S. Air Force, then later married Winnie Harris in 1957. He graduated from the University of Corpus Christi (Texas A & M at Corpus Christi) in 1960 with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Religious Education. That same year, he began what came to be 28 years of employment with Jefferson Chemical Company (Texaco Chemical Co.). Brown has been in ministry to Baptist congregations in Texas at Southside, First Baptist Port Neches, Woodcrest in Port Arthur, and Calder.