L. C. Leader, who was born in Marengo township on the 26th of October, 1868, is farming near the town of Marengo
and is a prosperous and well known agriculturist. A record of his parents, Thomas and Anna (Atkins) Leader, is
found on another page of this work.
L. C. Leader received his scholastic education in the common schools and under the instruction of his father was
trained in the practical duties of the agriculturist, so that upon reaching mature years he was well fitted to
engage in farming on his own account. He owns one hundred and forty eight acres of rich land near the town of Marengo
and takes great pride in keeping up the appearance of his place. He has made many improvements thereon and has
just finished building a residence of ten rooms, which is one of the attractive farm homes of his locality. The
good buildings upon the farm and the improved machinery used in the work of cultivating the land and taking care
of the crops indicate that Mr. Leader has prospered financially and his continued success is assured, as he is
enterprising and progressive. He has devoted his time to farming since 1896, but before that date was for three
years the proprietor of a coal yard and elevator in Marengo and for two years was bookkeeper of the Marengo Savings
Bank. His business experience has been a benefit to him in the management of his farm, as it has enabled him to
more efficiently apply known business principles in solving the financial problems of the agriculturist.
Mr. Leader was married on the ist of February, 1893, to Miss Bertha Geiger, a daughter of Jacob and Rosa (Kramer)
Geiger. Her father was a merchant tailor and was highly esteemed in his community, his demise, which occurred in
1905, being deeply regretted. His widow survives at the age of seventy three years and still makes her home in
Clinton, Iowa. They were the parents of four children, two sons and two daughters. Mrs. Leader was born in Clinton
and has been a lifelong resident of Iowa. To Mr. and Mrs. Leader have been born eight children: Irene, whose birth
occurred on the t3th of November, 1893; one who died in infancy; Pauline, who was born on the 28th of June, 1896;
Thomas J., whose birth occurred in June, 1901; Lester, whose natal day was the 2d of July, 1903; Helen, born October
22, 1905; Dorothy, whose birth occurred on the 4th of February, 1907; and James A., born April 15, 1912.
Mr. Leader is a republican and is not indifferent to anything affecting the public welfare, but has never taken
an active part in politics, preferring to concentrate his attention upon his agricultural work. For over a half
century the Leader family has been prominently identified with the farming and stock raising interests of Iowa
county and our subject is ably carrying on the work begun by his father.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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