Biography of Leonard T. McElroy
Erie County, PA Biographies





Leonard T. McElroy, who is successfully engaged in the manufacturing business at Corry, is a prominent citizen of Erie County. He was born in Corry, Aug. 6, 1886, and is the son of William and Susie (Davis) McElroy.

William McElroy was born at Toronto, Canada, April 14, 1847, and was married at Lawrence, Kan., Aug. 14, 1870, to Susie Davis, who was born July 5, 1849. He died Oct. 7, 1916, and his wife died March 27, 1913. They are buried in Pine Grove cemetery, Corry.

Leonard T. McElroy was reared and educated in Corry. His first business experience was as an apprentice mechanic with the Trill Indicator Company of Corry. He was appointed manager of the works in 1910 and remained in their employ until 1916, when with three other business men he established the Standard Screw Company, which was reorganized the following year as the Standard Turnbückle Company. During the World War the plant employed 900 men and produced about two-thirds of all the turnbuckles used by the government. Contracts were also made with the British government. After the close of the war Mr. McElroy began the manufacture of automobile parts, as well as turnbuckles, and in 1920, the company became known as the Standard Automatic Products Company. At the present time it is the only plant in the world manufacturing aeronautical turnbuckles. About ten percent of the company's products are used by the U. S. navy and U. S. air service. The N. C. 4, which was the first airplane to cross the Atlantic ocean, the Shenandoah, and the "Around the World Planes'.' were equipped with turnbuckles made at this plant. The automobile products are used by the Studebaker Corporation, Chevrolet Corporation, Hupmobile and Paige Motor Company, Mr. McElroy, who is general manager and superintendent of the plant, was awarded a medal at the Panama Exposition in 1915 for a new type of rolling engine indicator, designed by him,

On Feb. 9, 1906, Mr. McElroy was married to Miss Rosa B. Munn, who was born at Corry, July 27, 1889, and the daughter of Charles W. and Matilda Belle (Leach) Munn, residents of Corry. Mr. Munn was born Oct. 17, 1858, and his wife was born Aug. 17, 1862. They have five children: Grace, born Aug. 7, 1882, died in infancy; Mrs. McElroy; Charles, born July 4, 1891, lives at Corry; Bertram, born Nov. 7, 1893, died in 1894; and Earl, born Nov.. 29, 1895, lives in Corry. To Mr. and Mrs. McElroy six children have been born: Walter L., born June 25, 1907, a student at Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh; Grace, born July 4, 1908, died Oct. 7, 1908; Harold, born Feb. 10, 1910, a student at Junior High School; Mildred, born Jan. 6, 1912, a student at Concord School, Corry; Melvin, born Feb. 23, 1914; and Harmon, born Jan. 16, 1918.

Mr. McElroy is a member of the Corry Country Club and belongs to the Elks lodge and Kiwanis Club. He is known as a man of enterprise and ability, and is esteemed as a progressive business man.


From:
History of Erie County, Pennsylvania
By: John Elmer Reed
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis
1925

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