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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Alvin Decker  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1926 in Philo, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Decker has lived in Champaign County his entire life, except for two stretches in the service, at the end of World War II and during the Korean War.

Biographical and Professional Information

Alvin Decker has lived all of his seventy years in Champaign County, Illinois, near the town of Philo, Illinois. He graduated from St. Thomas parochial school and Philo Public High School. He worked on the family farm until he was twenty-one, then worked as a painter, roofer and mechanic before establishing his own farm. He married his wife Ethel in 1955, and they have seven children. Although he turned his farm over to his two sons in 1988, he still helps at planting and harvest. A life-long member of St. Thomas Catholic Church, he has served on many school and church committees and has also served as township trustee and supervisor, county chairman of ASCS and chairman of the legislative committee of the Farm Bureau.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Born in the Illinois Cornfields
ISBN: 0964142333

Tales Inc. 2000

The author chronicles his life as a young boy growing up during the Depression on an Illinois farm.

Life Down on the Farm
ISBN: 0972271716

Prairie Publishing. 2003

This is even more stories of a boy growing up on the farm. The squeal to Born in the Illinois Cornfields will tell you stories of a time when Sundays were the best day of the week, the automobile was a brand new invention, and horses were the main form of transportation.



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