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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She praised the rest of us children for whatever merit there was in us, I fear less than she supposed. Page 20 We still suffered several disadvantages. The lovely village of Files nestled in a valley below "the mountains," a limestone ridge that stretched sixty miles from Hillsboro to Dallas. Files Valley maintained an excellent public school, but too far away for the Dawson children to attend. Every able-bodied man in the County answered summons regularly to work the roads, mainly to repair culverts.

Files, childless, a woman of refinement, visited Mother as she would a daughter. When little Earl finally came, she made over the baby as if she really cared. She praised the rest of us children for whatever merit there was in us, I fear less than she supposed. Page 20 We still suffered several disadvantages. The lovely village of Files nestled in a valley below "the mountains," a limestone ridge that stretched sixty miles from Hillsboro to Dallas. Files Valley maintained an excellent public school, but too far away for the Dawson children to attend.

Never could I forget the huge serpentine cloud that roared a mile away from our house to destroy a part of the town. Upon its approach Mother grabbed her two youngsters and hustled them into a gulley at hand. Father rode home at a furious speed, expecting to pull our bodies from the debris. He was so unnerved and exhausted that he and mother together wept a long time. I watched them in awe and sensed that they suffered great discouragement and loneliness. No mistaking it, they were ready to give up.

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