I was born during the Depression and survived the lean years of the War. I missed a lot of school, having to help on the farm, during planting and harvest times. I finished the 10th grade at Pleasant Grove in 1946. I had to ride a horse five miles to catch a School bus to Thrall, for my next year of High School. I transferred to Elgin for my last year and graduated in 1948.
My parents were share croppers and could not afford for me to go to college. After working on the farm for two years I joined the Air Force, at the beginning of the Korean War. After basic training and teletype school I was sent to Germany and assigned to an Army Occupation Group. After a few months in Germany, I was sent to England and assigned to a weather station that was making a study of weather trends across Russia.
After my discharge in 1954 I went to work for the Southern Pacific Railroad in Austin and attended the University of Texas and Durham’s Business College at night. I retired from the Railroad in 1988 and became interested in genealogy which led to my interest in writing. I have written six books which includes my autobiography, Recollections of a Kid of a Boy.