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Sterling native writes his 84-page memoir

Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST

Former Sterling resident Bill Prentiss has written his memoir, part of which covers his early years in Sterling.

The first three chapters of the 84-page book are about his life in Sterling, from 1932 to 1950, including his attendance at Central Elementary School and Sterling High School. Much of it is told in anecdotal fashion.

“I think some folks there might enjoy reading how life was in that period,” he wrote in a letter to Sauk Valley Media. “Three of my old friends in Sterling have read the book and found it very interesting.”

The book also includes Prentiss’ participation in national and local politics, including his relationship with figures such as Sen. George McGovern. Other portions of the memoir describe his extensive work with troubled teens sent to his program by the juvenile court in Orange County, Fla.

He also was a teacher at both the secondary and college levels in Florida.

His website is at, where people can order his book. He can be reached at 407-352-1163.

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