Harry Edward Brown was born November 12, 1892 to James Martin Brown, Sr. and Willomine Lilly Newbry Brown near Mosca, Colorado. He was their seventh child, the first child born after the family moved to the San Luis Valley from Florissant, Colorado.   
Harry enlisted in the army for service during World War I. He was stationed at Fort McHenry, Maryland.  Harry Brown received an Honorable Discharge in 1918 and returned to Mosca.
Harry returned to the farm to help his parents and brother on the farm. He married Polly Garrett.  Her parents objected to the marriage, feeling she was too young. She was 18. The marriage was annulled.  His brother, "Mart" Brown, died February 29, 1920. Family stories have his nephew, Floyd Brown asking his uncle, "How about you be my dad?" 
Harry Edward Brown and Pansy Garrett were married December 15, 1921. They were parents to seven more children, Lola, Jim, Edith, Art, Dorothy, Harry, and Barbara.
He maintained a 640 acre grain farm. He plowed, sowed, and cultivated such crops as wheat, oats, barley and hay. During his years on the farm there was a transition from plowing the fields using horses to pull plows and other implements, to the use of tractors, and other mechanized farm machines such as hay balers, binders, and threshing machines. His son, Harry Brown, said he thought his father's favorite years were those he worked the fields with a horse and plow.  Chores such as milking and feeding cows and sheep were part of daily life on the farm. 
His son, James Martin Brown and his wife, Sabrie, assumed the responsibility for the family farm when he retired from farming. Harry moved to a small home in town and enjoyed fishing whenever the opportunity arose.  
Harry loved to go fishing. He enjoyed fishing above the Madinaw in Cotton Creek in the Sange de Cristo Range. He carried a tobacco tin filled with earthworms and helped his grandchildren bait their hooks. Often, he was joined by his children and their families for camping and fishing in Saguache Park.  Sometimes, the trips would last three weeks or more. He would go into the park with one family, overlap time with another family, and finish up with another family.
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