Keep busy & be happy Jack Brownfield's story
“D-Day the sky was black with airplanes going over, bombing. It was nine days before we got to the shore, it was so crowded with soldiers.”
The military sent him all over the U.S. and then overseas. Some of the places he’s been to: New York, Northern Ireland, England, France, Germany.
“When we landed in Ireland, it was foggy that morning. Then the sun came out. I have never seen such pretty country in my life. It was green. It rained quite a bit there and it sparkled.” Asked what else he saw in his wartime travels, he said softly, “I saw a lot of graves.”
On April 29, 1946 he married Shirley Havins, the sister of fellow soldier. The two had corresponded during the war and she’d sent him cookies. After the war, he visited and met her in person for the first time.
“She lived out on a farm in Robert Lee,” he recalled. “She was a red-headed lady. I liked that red head.”
They were married for 60 years.
He used to have a blaze-faced sorrel mare, which he traded for his first car -- a 1924 Model T Ford.
“Nobody had any money back then, we’d done a lot of trading.”
He joined Troy Laundry, then located 350 S. Oakes Street, in 1953 and worked there for 50 years. His routes included Big Lake, Rankin, Mertzon, Barnhart, then later (in 1973) he added Sterling City. When Troy closed down, he went to Bahlman Cleaners and told Mr. Bahlman his troubles and was told to carry on with his route.
“I picked up laundry from house to house and then delivered the clean clothes back. I still do that,” he said. “I don’t pick up that many dresses anymore. All the ladies are now wearing britches.
Today he still continues the Sterling City route as an independent contractor for Bahlman Cleaners
Jack Brownfield celebrated his 97th birthday on May 17, 2016. His family threw a party for him the prior Saturday .