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Josiah Laughlin Leech (1897)


Posted By: Cay Merryman
Date: 8/2/2004 at 11:22:52

Winterset Reporter
Winterset, Iowa
Thursday, August 19, 1897
Page $, Column 2

Died - At his home in this city, August 12th, 1897, Josiah Laughlin Leech, age 85 years and 18 days.

Mr. Leech was born of Christian parents, July 25th, 1812, in Jefferson county, Ohio. In Belmont county on August 19th, 1830, he was married to Miss Anna Steen. To them were born nine children. Three sons and four daughters are living.

Early in his life he, with his wife, united with the Associated reform church and in 1850 he was ordained an elder.

In 1868 he removed with his family to Winterset and became a useful and honored member of the United Presbyterian church.

After almost fifty years of married life he was called to part with the companion of his joys and sorrows for so many years, and on February 23rd, 1880, the mother of his children passed from this to a better world. In May 1882 he married Mrs. Lucretia Harrald who survives him.

Mr. Leech was a good citizen, universally beloved and respected by a large circle of friends and acquaintances who sympathize with his wife and children in their bereavement and yet rejoice with them in the deliverance of their loved one from the infirmities of age and the sorrows of the present life, and his entering upon the blessedness of the rest of God's people. For some years it was evident that the infirmities of age were growing upon him, that the earthly tabernacle of the soul was fast decaying. Thursday last at six o'clock in the evening he passed peacefully away, reminding us of the promise to the Christian, "That at the eventide it shall be light."

The funeral services were held at the United Presbyterian church, conducted by Dr. B. E. S. Ely assisted by Rev. Sawhill.

The Madisonian
Winterset, Iowa
Wednesday, August 18, 1897
Page 5, Column 1

Mr. Josiah L. Leech, and old and respected citizen of Winterset, who has lived in this place for almost thirty years, died last Thursday evening, August 12, the advanced age of eighty-five. He was ill for some weeks preceding his death, which appears to be due to the wearing out of the vital forces on account of old age, rather than to any particular disease.

Mr. Leech was a native of Jefferson county, Ohio, where he was born July 25, 1812, the year of the breaking out of our second war with Great Britain. He came to Madison county in 1868, and has since made his home in Winterset.

He leaves 3 sons and 4 daughters, Robert, who lives in this place, Samuel, of Des Moines, James, of Colorado, Mrs. Borden, of Ohio, and Mrs. Henry, Mrs. Stuart, and Mrs. Violet, of Winterset.

The funeral was held last Saturday at the United Presbyterian Church, in which denomination Mr. Leech had been an elder for fifty years. The sermon was preached by the Rev. Dr. Ely, of the Presbyterian church.


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