|Birth: ||Jul. 28, 1907|
|Death: ||Jan. 4, 1990|
Abridged from Ual's autobiography, written about 1972, with some additional notes by his son Darrell between brackets:
My father, William Jasper Brown, was a building contractor. Three months before I was born, a carpenter let a board slip, knocking my father from the building. He was bedfast for one year and the accident left him crippled for life. When I was six years old my mother died [on Dec 5, 1913], leaving my older brother (born August 30, 1901) and me. My crippled father, pursuing a trade as cabinet maker in a small community, could no way supervise a six year and a twelve year old son.
[So the next year, 1914, after Ual turned 7, his father took him to live with his half-sister Nora in Tecumseh, which was thirty miles north on the rail line. That line goes on to Kay county, and his father sold his properties in Johnsonville and moved with Ual's older brother Dempsey to Tonkawa, Kay county, Oklahoma, where could live with his daughter Mertie and his son Nathan.]
When I was eight, I was sent by train [from Tecumseh] to a half-sister [Lura Warthen] in Lakin, southwestern Kansas. I was not especially welcome as she had a son four years my senior, and my sister, being older than my mother, somewhat resented my presence. Thankfully, her husband [Bob Warthen] was very intelligent (a former school teacher) as well as a prominent irrigated-farm operator. He taught me many of the realities and facts of life that I have retained to this day.
I was eight years old when I started school at a one-teacher, one-room rural school. I took two grades per year through the sixth grade and made a very good grade on the county eighth-grade examination. I went to Lakin High School and was All-District in both basketball and track. At the end of my sophomore year, I was paid $40 a month as a farm hand by my brother-in-law [Bob Warthen].
My junior year, I left the family, obtained a job in a confectionary for room and board. In 1925 my older brother sent me a railroad ticket to join him in Tonkawa, Oklahoma (I was working in the wheat harvest at the time). In Tonkawa I worked in a hardware store, but realized I should further my education. The store owner offered me a raise to stay but I was determined enough to obtain a job at the Bank of Commerce where I did janitor work, filed cancelled checks, typed remittance statements to correspondent banks, helped to clerk farm sales and was just "general flunky".
I enrolled at University Preparatory School (now Northern Oklahoma College) [in 1926] and made a good grade on the entrance examination. I studied history, mathematics, typing, English, botany and specialized in rapid calculation and business law. I had obtained janitor jobs for two doctors and a lawyer and had to clean all the offices before walking 11 blocks to school for an 8 o'clock class. In the summers of 1926 and 1927 I did gas leakage survey for the Consolidated Gas Company of Philadelphia area office in Ponca City … At the same time I continued my school jobs.
In 1928 I was graduated from UPS … I then went to work for Champlin Refining Company in Enid, Oklahoma as bookkeeper-clerk. In 1930 I joined the Magnolia Petroleum Company (now Mobil Oil Co.) as accounts receivable bookkeeper. I worked through the ranks until I was assistant division credit manager (for entire State of Oklahoma). We had 15,000 accounts receivables. In the move up the ranks, I was also cost accountant.
In 1936, the Anderson-Prichard Oil Company (at that time one of the largest independent oil producers and refiners) decided to add a retail marketing division. I was chosen and given $15,000 to start the business and was made assistant secretary as I had to sign all legal documents and checks. In fact, the entire responsibility was mine. I left Anderson-Prichard in 1940, with their net worth [of the retail marketing division having grown to] $290,000. I started my own business, the Brown Engineering Co., with $400 capital.
While with Magnolia, I attended most engineering meetings. One main problem encountered in their lubrication experiences was to cool internal combustion industrial engines, as well as automobiles, due to scale formation in the engine block, reducing the transfer of heat to the cooling system. Diagrams of the engine indicated the greater thickness of scale formed at the point of the highest temperatures. I thought about this condition for several years and with research and all information available, and assistance from the chemistry departments [of various universities] I came to the conclusion the scale formations, which consisted of calcium and magnesium elements, was due to a chemical plating process as each of these substances are elements and become ionized under heat and are attracted to the element iron of the engine block, in the same manner as gold or silver plating.
I … decided to manufacture a galvanic cell (wet cell battery) consisting of a cylindrical copper case, with a smaller size zinc negative anode suspended in the center by use of conducting end-plates. This device would have a potential of 1.1 volts, amperage depending on the foreign particles in an ionic state due to heat, in solution as electrolyte. This amperage would neutralize these foreign particles, causing them to coagulate and settle as sludge. This chemical producing machine (counter electromotive forces) was tried in 1940 in high-pressure drilling boilers which use raw make-up water from any available source. IT WORKED!
I was granted the following patents, each for different application:
# 2,401,546; # 2,415,576; # 2,468,357 [issued in 1946,
The Patent Office designated and described these as:
(1) "Scale Remover and Scale and Corrosion Preventer". [applied in 1942, issued in 1946]
(2) "Electrochemical Scale Remover and Scale and Corrosion Preventer". [applied in 1943, issued in 1947]
(3) "Self Energizing Electrolytic Corrosion Preventer". [applied in 1946, issued in 1949]
The War Production Board granted me a AA-l priority [for permission to purchase the materials needed to make these devices]
January 2, 1968, I joined the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority as a business relocation specialist. The job requirement called for a BA Degree in business, business administration or allied field. To date I have moved over 290 downtown businesses, entailing over $500,000 Federal funds (all relocation expenses are 100% Federal funds).
Our oldest child was a member of Camp Fire Girls. I was elected to the Oklahoma City Council of Camp Fire Girls, where I served for four years … Later I was coach of the Hawthorne Jr. "Y" baseball team [in which my son played], keeping the same team almost intact for four years. We had a great team, winning second in State Tournament … I worked in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Explorer Scouts for a total of 14 years [with both sons reaching] Eagle Scout rank … I have been on the Administrative Board of Wesley United Methodist Church for seven different 3-year terms.
Additional notes from Darrell Brown:
The earliest record of Ual is the 1910 census, where his name was written as "Eual." This is a form of the name "Euel" and "Euell," which means "Yule." In high school, Ual's speed in track earned him the unwanted nickname "Jackrabbit," but this was shortened to "Jack," which is how he was known for the rest of his life.
As a young man his main hobbies were ballroom dancing and boating, and later fishing and hunting. He met his future wife Christel on a blind date, and she said later she was impressed with his dancing. They courted for two years, then he popped the question in a valentine poem, which he sent her by telegram. They were married in 1933, and ever after they exchanged romantic notes and cards on Valentine's Day, as well as on mother's day, father's day, their birthdays, and their wedding anniversary. At their 25th anniversary celebration they renewed their vows in a repeat wedding ceremony, with the same minister officiating, and at the same location (the home of Christel's sister Grace Potter in Chandler, Oklahoma). They celebrated their 50th anniversary more sedately at their daughter Carolyn's home in Oklahoma City.
After retirement at age 72, Jack served as a volunteer tax counselor for the elderly. At age 74 he asked Jesus to come into his life and to help him abstain from smoking and drink. In his last two years, Jack was bed-ridden with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was cared for at home by his wife Christel, with help from a care-giver, Nola Anderson. He passed away in January, 1990, aged 82.
William Jasper Brown (1850 - 1916)
Theodocia E. Runyan Brown (1870 - 1913)
Lissie Christel Gerardy Brown (1909 - 1999)
Lura B Brown Warthen (1875 - 1929)**
Mertie Brown Bufford (1877 - 1963)**
Nora Brown Glass (1878 - 1972)**
Charles Franklin Brown (1879 - 1959)**
Samuel Arthur Brown (1884 - 1965)**
Nathaniel Guy Brown (1885 - 1967)**
Bertha Lena Brown (1899 - 1900)*
Edward Dempsey Brown (1901 - 1967)*
Deverl Brown (1905 - 1906)*
Ual Jasper Brown (1907 - 1990)
Memorial Park Cemetery
Maintained by: Darrell Brown
Originally Created by: Cathy & Thomas
Record added: Mar 10, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 49495339