Ken Wright (left) and Eldred Brandon, lifetime friends and members of the Dresden Continuation School Soccer Team, 1914-15.
My father, Ken, and Eldred Brandon were best chums all through school in Dresden (ON) and life-long friends. They were both born in the year 1899 and their families were neighbours in the small town in the heart of Kent County.
There was always a mystique about Eldred, even in those early days. He was unquestionably a genius and by my dad's account, just a little different than the other kids. They got along well however. Ken and Eldred just seemed to have mutual respect and understanding, the type that transcends years and distance.
After high school, my dad embraced the barbering trade and Eldred eventually found his way into the United States and a position with the American government. In story book fashion, he would climb diplomatic ranks, culminating with an appointment as a valuable and highly-regarded attache to General Douglas MacArthur.
I well remember Eldred's letters to my dad and Christmas cards bearing the return address of the American Embassy in Japan. Without going into third-hand classified detail, it seems Eldred was privy to some extremely sensitive information involving MacArthur's role in WW11 and was methodically degraded and discredited to the point that he was eventually hospitalized with his mental stability very much a bone of contention. In about 1944 he returned to Canada, virtually a broken man.
Special Note: I originally planned to post this item on the Dresden Virtual History Group's web site, but it was rejected for some unknown reason. The mystique strangely continues...Perhaps coincidental, but curious nonetheless. I AM DETERMINED. I OWE IT TO TWO OLD DRESDEN CHUMS who never got to tell their amazing story.
Eldred, incidentally, was the son of Dresden Postmaster and local historian Robert Brandon and wife Edith (Hazlett). They lived on the north corner of Holden and St. George streets.