Paul Vernon Harrell was born April 2, 1881, in Hunt County, Texas to John E. and Anna Olive Chapman Harrell. By 1900, he was in Brown County, Texas. He died in 1956 and is buried in Cross Plains. In between the dates, Harrell worked as an attorney in Brownwood.
During WWI, there were two voluntary companies organized in Brown County, and these companies left the county as organized units. It was Paul Harrell who organized the second company, a cavalry troop.
Harrell “recruited ninety men in the period between May 10 and June 4, 1918. Combined with a like number of men from Comanche County, the entire group became a part of the regular army and went into service along the Mexican border in southwest Texas.”*
*Something About Brown, T.R. Havens