Leon Granados, Jr. (Sonny)
on February 28, 1928, Lou Granados lived all of his
life in Maryland. He was born in Riverdale in the same
house - in the same bed where his mother had been born.
served in the United States Air Force during WWII and
the Korean War. He later worked as an Information Specialist
with the United States Department of Agriculture. He
lived in Ocean City for the last 30 years of his life
and was heavily involved in the community there. He
was also an author and a writer.
are fortunate that before he died on August 23, 2013,
he wrote a short autobiography that details his life
including growing up as a second generation Granados.
was the eldest son of the eldest son and the oldest
Granados male in the second generation of Granados Americans.
FROM LOU GRANADOS' AUTOBIOGRAPHY
When I was 5, Roosevelt closed the banks, and when my
father's reopened, the salary they offered him wasn't
enough to support a fmaily. He obtained a variety of
jobs, including driving a beer truck, working in a tailor
shop and selling real estate. We wound up at my grandparents'
house along with Uncle Joe, Aunt Rosie, Bootsie and
Jean, and Uncle Power and Aunt Ethel. It was pretty
crowded. I don't remember where everyone slept. ....
I was two when my grandmother Granados (Abuela) died,
but remember being lifted up to see her in her casket.
I don't remember what she looked like; only that there
was a white gauze net over the casket to keep the flies
mother, her brothers Power and Joe and my grandfather
all sang in the church choir directed by my grandmother.
Uncle Joe also sang in a variety of other church choirs
for pay. To make extra money, mother sang at weddings
and funerals. She was also an election udge, and looked
forward to the money she made on election day. Since
ballots were counted by hand, she didn't get home until
after midnight on election day.
morning when my grandfather got up, he drank a shot
of whiskey. He made a horrible face, but that may have
been to discourage his grandchildren from drinking.
LEON GRANADOS' AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Leon Granados Sr.