Henry Leach. - One of the most influential figures in business and civic circles in Will County was Henry Leach,
deceased, who for 27 years was president of the board of directors of Silver Cross Hospital, Joliet, as well as
the founder of the Leach lumber interests in this city. He was born in Kendall County, III., Aug. 13, 1845, the
son of the lath Henry Leach.
Henry Leach was six years of age when his father died. He was educated in the public schools and in 1866 was graduated
from Fowler Institute. After his marriage in 1869 he removed to a farm near Chatsworth, Ill., where he lived until
1875. From that date until 1887 he was located on a farm at Gardner, spent the following three years in the lumber
business at Gardner, and in 1890 came to Joliet, where he organized the lumber business now incorporated as Leach
Brothers. Mr. Leach retired from active business in 1910 and devoted his time to his Will and Grundy county farm
interests. He was a member of the original Joliet Township High School Board and instrumental in building the present
high school. He served on the school board for nine years, being its president for one term. After his 27 years
of service as president of the Silver Cross hospital board, he resigned his active duties in 1924, and at that
time was elected president emeritus. He died in October, 1924.
In 1869 Mr. Leach married Miss Ione C. Howland. To them were born five sons: Henry, optician, lives at Joliet;
Howard, vice president and treasurer of Leach Brothers, Inc., lives at Joliet; Dr. Roy B., physician, lives at
Joliet; Arthur C., president of Leach Brothers, Inc., lives at Joliet; and Elmer, lives at Beaumont, Texas.
Mr. Leach was affiliated with Matteson Lodge A. F. and A. M. No. 175; Joliet Chapter, R. A. M. No. 27; Joliet Commandery,
K. T. No. 4; Commercial Club; Oakwood Cemetery Association; and Association of Commerce. He was a trustee of St.
John's Universalist Church.
History of Will County, Illinois
By: August Maue
Historical Publishing Company
Will County, Il
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