Former Brookings resident Jonathan C. Gehrig has written a book, “A Son’s Promise,” and will be in town for a book signing on Nov. 14 at 11 a.m. at the Port near the Bell and Whistle coffee shop.
Gehrig lived in Brookings from 1991 to 2013, during which he worked at South Coast Lumber and Pacific wood Laminates for 21 years. He was featured in a story about single fathers in the June 17, 1995 edition of the Pilot. In addition to being a single parent, Gehrig was a millwright, quality control, graveyard production supervisor, and ended up as the Superintendent at the veneer mill in the north end of town.
“I had to leave the career I loved and the company I loved to move over to the Medford area to care for my parents,” Gehrig said.
“A lot of people from the mill bought the book and have asked me to come over and do a book signing for them,” he said. It will be a social distance or a drive by signing. The book is about tough decisions, bittersweet moments, and angelic encounters. “This touching story of a life turned upside-down to meet the needs of aging parents will soothe the souls of similar caregivers and give hope to those with loved ones lost,” reads the description on Amazon Books.
“I have been getting reviews from readers that they can’t put the book down and it makes them laugh and cry,” he said. Gehrig says he loved living in Brookings and hopes to relocate back here.