Leonard W. Braham, farm adviser of Will County, is a veteran of the World War, and one of the most popular young
men of Will County. He was born at Youngstown, Ohio, April 6, 1895, the son of Robert R. and Olive (Wilkin) Braham.
Both Robert Braham and his wife are natives of Butler County, Pa. He was educated in the public schools and attended
Grove City College. He began his business career as field agent for the Manufacturers Light & Heat Company
of Pittsburgh, and is still identified with this business. In 1911 Mr. Braham purchased a farm near New Wilmington,
Pa., where he resides. He is a member of the United Presbyterian Church. To Mr. and Mrs. Braham the following children
were born: Hall B., a World War veteran, having served with the 30th Engineers, at Fort Meyer, Va., where he died.
He is buried at New Wilmington, Pa.; W. Walter, attorney, member of the firm of Aiken & Braham, New Castle,
Pa., is a World War veteran, having served as a sergeant in the U. S. Medical Corps; Leonard W., the subject of
this sketch; Eleanor J., married J. Glenn Berry, lives at Pittsburgh; Olive L., married Donald Crowe, lives at
New Brighton, Pa.; Anna, deceased; Mary E., and Lillie I., both at home.
Leonard W. Braham attended the rural schools of Lawrence County, Pa., and in 1913 was graduated from New Wilmington
High School. Four years later he received the degree of Bachelor of Science from Westminster College; and in June
of that year he enlisted for service in the World War. He was attached to the Eleventh Field Artillery, Headquarters
Company, Sixth Division and sent to Douglas, Ariz. He went to France in 1918 and participated in the Meuse-Argonne
offensive. Mr. Braham was enrolled at the University of Grenoble while serving in France. He was discharged from
the service with the rank of corporal on July 24, 1919. In September he took up the teaching profession as principal
of the school at Library, Pa. Two months later he entered Michigan Agricultural College where he specialized in
the study of animal husbandry. In the fall of 1920 he entered the University of Illinois, from which he was graduated
two years later with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. He then went to Hindsboro, where he was
in charge of the department of agriculture in the Community High School. He came to Joliet in January, 1928, to
accept his present position as farm adviser of Will County.
In August, 1923, Mr. Braham married Miss Agnes H. Little, the daughter of Joseph and Agnes Little, of Pittsburgh.
They have two daughters, Betty Agnes and Mary Jane.
Mr. Braham is a member of the Presbyterian Church, belongs to the American Legion and Hindsboro Lodge, A. F. and
A. M. No. 837. He is a member of the Farm Bureau.
History of Will County, Illinois
By: August Maue
Historical Publishing Company
Will County, Il
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