Stories from 'when Grandpa was a little boy'

SYCAMORE – Dr. Stanley Brandon is a well-known orthopedic surgeon who has practiced in DeKalb for 37 years. He is also the author of a recent memoir titled, “A Long, Long Time Ago When Grandpa Was A Little Boy.”

He will share memoirs and stories from his book at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Center for Agriculture.

Brandon was born in Decatur during the Great Depression. He was raised on a small farm near Maroa during the World War II years and then moved to Clinton. His stories center around his life experiences, many of which took place on the family farm. Milking cows, dressing chickens, swinging across the creek and picking corn are just some of his old-time stories.

While his stories are based on his childhood memories, many will relate to similar experiences of being raised on a farm during the Great Depression and World War II eras.

Brandon shared his childhood stories with his family, who urged him to write the memoir, which was published in 2009. He wrote the book for his grandchildren’s benefit, to share stories of his work ethic, purity, honesty, exercise, health and his faith.

Brandon and his wife, Barbara, have been married for more than 50 years and have five children and 21 grandchildren.

Farm Bureau members can register for this program by calling 815-756-6361 by Thursday, Sept. 27. The program is open to all interested persons.

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