A Thousand Months to Remember: An Autobiography by Joseph Dawson

By Joseph Dawson

An intensely own and intimate autobiographical portrait of the Baptist minister and journalist.

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And the little country church where he held his first pastorate Joseph M. Dawson, "a lean country youth of 20" when he was a freshman at Baylor University Dawson and classmates at Baylor Joseph M. Dawson as a grandfather Dawson with President Harry S. Truman, Speaker Sam Rayburn, and fellow Texans in Washington Dawson and President Abner V. McCall of Baylor University Dawson at the dedication of his portrait in the Baptist Building at Washington Dawson with officers of Protestants and Other Americans United for Separation of Church and State Two Dawson homes: the parsonage of the First Baptist Church of Waco, and the home at Austin where Dr.

The well-built, mustached groom and the black-eyed bride believed cotton on the lands bordering the deep creek would soon set them Page 6 up. Strong in each other, they felt self-sufficient, unmoved by paucity of funds, lack of patrimony or anybody's favors. Within less than three years they had two boys, both as it were wrapped in cotton swaddling clothes. I, Joseph Martin, was born June 21, 1879, in the cabin on Grandfather Dawson's east side farm; Edward Eugene was born a year and a half after in a similar rent outfit on Grandfather Underwood's west side acres.

To do this Father felt compelled to buy a pair of Spanish mules. The mare bought in Montague died giving birth to a spindly-legged colt that we named Cleburne. The mare's decease left no option but to procure the mules. It was impossible to raise a crop with one horse! Alas, those mules nearly caused my death when I was pitching down bundles of oats from a loaded wagon and they suddenly lurched forward and hurled me to the hard ground below. " A delightful reminder of this frontier was a covey of prairie chickens that fluttered in front of Father as he upturned the grass sod.

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