Duffytown Boy, by Creston Randolph Southard, Sr., is the true story of Southard’s childhood growing up in Duffytown, Pennsylvania during the Great Depression. Through all of the adversity that he has faced in his life, Mr. Southard continues to exhibit a tenacity and zeal for life that is truly inspirational to his readers.
Little “Cret” was stricken with polio on Halloween night; his childhood filled with illness kept him confined to his bed and his home was quarantined; “Time passed and I do not remember having meals or what day it was… I could not move the lower part of my body and would lie there for hours at a time looking at the designs on the bedroom wallpaper at least a thousand times… It’s a wonder that I did not become insane.”
The effects of polio stayed with him throughout the course of Creston’s life and he was rejected from the Army because of his limp, leaving him feeling “hollow” until he received the letter that he could be of help in the salvage and repairs department for the Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor. It was in Honolulu that Southard met his future wife, Ella Kim. They have been married for the last 65 years, and have built a life and family together. Creston Southard is listed as an “Honoree” in the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC.
Although Creston struggles with the lingering effects of polio and has had to give up many of his cherished hobbies, he does not allow his health problems to become limitations, living a fulfilled and well-rounded life in spite of them. Now, at 87, he has taken on the new challenge of publishing his first book, chronicling his life and its many adventures and lessons, offering his story and memories. Duffytown Boy is an incredible and nostalgic journey that is certain to become a treasured part of its readers’ libraries.