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Chicago:
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1895

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Godfried Leffler
GODFRIED LEFFLER


Source: Portrait & Biographical Records of Marion & Hardin Counties, Ohio - 1895 - Page 311

  JAMES H. LEONARD, a very prominent and successful business man, is proprietor of the Larue Bank, a private institution at Larue, Marion County.  He was the genial and popular Postmaster of this place for a period of twelve years, during which time he won a host of friends in this community.  Among the other of his investments is a farm of one hundred and sixty-three acres, which lies in this county.
     The father of the above-named gentleman was William Leonard, a native of Pennsylvania, who removed to Delaware County, Ohio, about 1854.  At the end of the year he came to Marion County, and as he had failed in business by going bail for certain parties, rented land for a time. When six years had elapsed he bought a small farm, and remained thereon until 1882, when he retired and made his home in Larue up to his death, at the age of eighty years. In religious belief he was a Methodist.  His parents were both natives of Pennsylvania.  His paternal grandfather was of French descent and of old Huguenot stock, while his paternal grandmother was of English extraction.  The wife of William Leonard bore the maiden name of Mary Van Art. She, too, was a native of the Keystone State, and was of German origin. She lived to see her sixtieth birthday, and passed to the home beyond in 1867.
     James H. Leonard was born Aug. 19, 1842, in Washington County, Pa., being the eighth in a family of nine children.  His boyhood was  passed on the old farm, and during this period he attended the neighboring schools, but to a very limited extent, for his father was poor and needed his assistance on the farm.  In 1864 he was in the Government employ in the Western States, and in November of that year came to Larue, where he has since made his home.
     About 1868 Mr. Leonard became interested in merchandising, and under the firm name of Hopkins & Leonard did business for .some fifteen years in Larue, at the end of which time his partner, J. J. Hopkins, sold out.  The firm was later reorganized, and for three years was known as Leonard, Rhodes & Co.  In 1887 Mr. Leonard succeeded to the entire business and continued to carry it on successfully until 1891, when he disposed of his interest in the concern.  Soon afterward he .started the Larue Bank, and owns the majority of its .stock.
     September 12, 1865, Mr. Leonard married Mattie Wilson, of this county.  Two daughters have been born to them: Zoa E., who is now attending college at Hillsdale, Mich.; and one who died in infancy.  Mrs. Leonard is a native of Ohio and a daughter of Samuel and Lovina (Swain) Wilson.  On questions of political moment our subject is a Republican, and takes great interest in the same.  Socially he is a member of the Masonic order, belonging to the local lodge, and to the Consistory of Cincinnati.  Personally he is a valued friend, a pleasant companion and has hosts of friends.
Source: Portrait & Biographical Records of Marion & Hardin Counties, Ohio - 1895 - Page 125
   

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