Biography of John M. Leach
Howard County, IN Biographies





JOHN M. LEACH is a son of Elijah C. and Annis (Bird) Leach, and was born in Litchfield County, Conn., June 19, 1844. When quite young, he removed with his parents to Highland County, Ohio. where his father was employed by the Cincinnati & Marietta Railroad Company, for about two years. In 1854, the family came to Indiana, and settled in Kokomo, where John M. matured to manhood, and was educated. Upon the breaking out of the war, he was appointed Veterinary Surgeon, by E. M. Stanton, Secretary of War. He served in that capacity until the close of the rebellion, being discharged at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., in 1865. He returned to Kokomo and engaged in the livery and brick trades with H. J. Owings. They continued business about seven years and then dissolved partnership. Mr. Leach became associated with another partner, under the firm of Hinton & Leach, in the livery, brick and ice trades, continuing for two years, when the firm dissolved. Since that time, Mr. Leach has been carrying on the brick and ice business alone. He is doing a prosperous trade, and is one of the progressive business men of Kokomo. He has served upon the City Council for two years. Mr. Leach was married in Kokomo, Ind., December 9, 1867, to Miss Mary E. Pitner, of Pennsylvania. She died March 25, 1875, leaving two children Nettie R. and Howard H. Mr. Leach is a member of the I. O. O. F., and politically he is a Democrat.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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