My name is Wayne Wienand William Brabender, born at 6:32 p.m., Saturday, July 13, 1946, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. My birth certificate confirms that I was a male, born alive. My parents were Rosalia M. Friedl, 33, homemaker, and Hubert P. Brabender, 34, farmer. I was their fourth child; their three earlier children were still living. E. F. Schneiders, M.D., was the attending physician. Inky footprints atop my birth certificate proved that I had inherited my mother’s flat feet.
My interest in history started when I started to talk. I was a pest asking my parents about their earlier lives, their families, their neighbors, and their history. I dug old family photos out of our closets. I wanted to know who these people were. I never stopped asking questions and now I’ve created this blog to share what I find out about our family, with the intent to pull it all together into a memoir that I'm calling Whole Hearted - A Farm Love Story.
This blog is a book in the making. If you're a new visitor, read Whole Hearted - A Farm Love Story. You can also find a copy in Prologue.