Butler County Times Gazette
  • Former El Dorado resident shares his life through memoir

  • Oliver Bishop, who was born and raised in El Dorado, has published a memoir titled “Eight Decades (and more),” which presents the history of his plains-bred life for both his family and posterity.
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  • Note that many of the things you might take for granted today were a luxury or unheard of in those days. You might learn what it’s like to have a mama skunk shoot first and let you have it right between the eyes. Share the feelings of what it might be like to be dumped from a horse nearly on top of a coiled rattlesnake. Take a stroll across the prairie to a one room schoolhouse.
    - Excerpt from “Eight Decades (and more)”
     
    Oliver Bishop, who was born and raised in El Dorado, has published a memoir titled “Eight Decades (and more),” which presents the history of his plains-bred life for both his family and posterity.
    With the publication of his memoir, Bishop recalls living on the Kansas prairie during the Great Depression years and how that upbringing affected how he lived and built his life.
    “It’s a lighthearted travel through 80-plus years by the son of an itinerant farm laborer from the depression years to serene retirement,” said Bishop. “It covers the years in the military as an enlisted man and commissioned officer, the years as a city manager, and the years as a state official.”
    Bishop’s greatest hope for his readers is they will, by learning from his example, discover the most important lesson he ever learned: perseverance will win out over adversity.
    Bishop has an undergraduate degree in public administration and a graduate degree in economics.
    He worked for many years in administrative positions, including city manager, state revenue and fiscal advisor, commissioned officer in the military and consultant in land use planning and assisted housing.
    Bishop has published magazine articles and written for technical publications for the state of Illinois.
    “Eight Decades (and more)” is published by AuthorHouse and is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
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