Scope and Contents
Before every diary entry, Brown recorded the day’s weather status, commenting on the temperature and any significant weather events. While at Haverford, Brown participated in several extracurricular activities and organizations, including Glee Club, Bible-Club, a fraternity, the dance committee, the YMCA, mock trial, and, upon invitation, “Triangle”. Additionally, he played a myriad of sports, including foot-ball, cricket, basketball, and, for the inter-class sports competition, track. Playing for the Haverford football team, Brown competed with Harvard, Georgetown, Lawrenceville, and Howard University. He also attended various events on campus, hearing Supreme Court Justices Brewer and Brown speak at Haverford and participating in the inter-class sports competition. Brown also paid attention to current-events, remarking upon developments in the Battle of Mukden in the Sino-Japanese War. Academically, during this period, Brown took Biology, Greek, Chemistry, Biblical Literature, and Latin. While at Haverford, he attended Church or Quaker Meetings most weekends. During the summer, Brown worked at Downingtown Manufacturing Company and played tennis with his family. The end of the diary contains a brief record of payments and receiving money.
Biographical / Historical
Paul Willits Brown was born in East Downingtown, PA on September 2, 1885 to Ellis Yarnall Brown and Sarah Elizabeth Willits. He entered Haverford College in 1903, graduating in 1907 with a Bachelor of Arts and a football “H”. Following graduation, Willits worked at the Lukens Iron and Steel Company in Coatesville PA. from 1907-1908. From 1908-1909, Willits worked at the John R. Evans & Co., Leather in Philadelphia, leaving to work at Wurts, Dulles, & Co., Bankers in Philadelphia from 1909-1911. On September 20, 1911, Willits married Mary Aitken Bradbury in Germantown, Pennsylvania, with whom he had three children: Paul W. Jr. (1913), Chapman (1914), and Martha Bradbury (1917). Starting in 1911, Willits worked as a manager in the Bond Department at Elkins, Morris, and Co. in Philadelphia. In his free-time, Willits was the Clerk of Borough Council in Downingtown, PA and served as the President of the Downingtown Men’s Club. Paul Willits Brown died on October 23, 1935 in Philadelphia.