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Leach, J. W.

J. W. LEACH, Chief of Police and Constable, Corry, was born June 20, 1824, in Sheffield, Lorain Co., Ohio. He was reared on a farm and educated at home and in the district school. Our subject from the age of sixteen to twenty-five chopped and cleared the timber from fifty-five acres of heavily timbered land, splitting rails and fencing the same. From twenty-five to thirty he was employed as pilot on the Allegheny and Ohio Rivers; then farmed for eight years. He was one of four men who pulled and burned stumps of 450 acres of pine timber lands near Jamestown, which they also fenced. He learned the trade of a stone-mason, which he has worked at about eight years. Mr. Leach came to Corry about 1862, where he made glass for ten years. The first year he worked 411 half days and cultivated three gardens, traveling going to and coming from his meals 1,600 miles. Mr. Leach was united in marriage July 2, 1850, with Artemesia Southwick, born January 1, 1833, in Genesee County N.Y., of English and German extraction. Four children have been born to this union— Isabel, Frank E., Edith and Archer. Our subject, in fulfilling the duties of his present position, has had many hair-breadth escapes.


 

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