Doc's Memoirs

Veterinary Mixed Practice in the 1970’s and beyond

Welcome to my new Blog. First a word about the picture above. This is the schooner Onward crossing the Bandon bar, under tow by the tug Triumph. The master of the Onward at this crossing was Sam Larsen, my grandfather. Picture is from circa 1902.

This picture is of me and kids a couple of weeks before we moved to Sweet Home. I had been in practice for a year and a half, our son was less than a month old.

This picture is over 40 years after the first and was taken at my retirement in December of 2016. These are dear friends and clients with Sandy and I in the middle (with the white hair).

Most of the stories posted here are dealing with my early years in veterinary medicine in a small town in Western Oregon, Sweet Home. Some childhood memories and stories from another small Oregon town where I grew up on a dairy farm, Myrtle Point. Some Army stories might sneak into the mix. So here goes, if you enjoy what you read, you can sign up to follow me below. And click on the memoir botton above or below for more stories.

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