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Death Of A Pioneer,

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Parent Issue
Day
12
Month
July
Year
1895
Copyright
Public Domain
Obituary
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The coinnmmy was greaiy surprised last Friday aftemoon when the uews spread upon the btreets that Ex-Sheriff Thomas F. Leonard had died very sudáenly. He was seen on the street btit a brief time before and it did no seem possible that hé cóttld be dead. Bttt such proved to be the case. He had not been f eeling well f or sonw days and Friday afternoon as he was suffering froni a pain in the stomach he went to Doctor Smith's office to get some medicine and there he died about 5 o'olock. Dr. Sruith gave him sonie medicine which partially relieved the pain and Mr. Leonard lay down ou a ouch in the office while the doctor vent out for a few minutes. On Iris eturn he found Mr. Leonard breathing is last. The funeral took place from his late esidence on E. Ann street Sunday ftemoon at four o'clock, Rev.Mr. Veror offtciating. The pall bearers were Joseph C. Vatts, Charles S. Millen, Leonard Gruer,and Dr. W. B. Smith. A mimber of 'riends and relatives from abroad were )resent at the funeral. The reinal ns were temporarily deposited in the vault n Forrest Hiil cemetery and on Wedesday were removed from there and nally interred in Pray's cemetery in Superior where his two wives are mried. Mr. Leonard was a native of New Yok, having been born at Memps, August 14, 1818. When but 14 years of age he carne to the then territory ol Michiean and settled in Superior hip, this ccranty. Six years later he married Mary Ann Reed, who bore ïim a son and a daughter. This son, .udrew Leonard, the only one of his children who survives him, is a farmer residiug near Milán. The daughter died n Colorado abont six years ago. His irst wife died and he married for his second Lora Geer whom he survived six rears. By her he had one child, a son ;hat died in infancy. Dnring the last flfty years "Toni jeonard" as he was familiarly called, las been a prominent character in the connty and has had rnuch to do with public affairs. In 1858 he was elected sheriff of the county and served one term. He made a fearless and dariug officer and many are the stories tok of his ability and skill in capturing law breakers. He never allowed any desperate character to escape because o the danger attending an effort to cap ture him. He was defeated for election in 1860 not because he had not made a faithful and efficiënt officer but because his party ticket went under. He ran several hundred votes ahead of his ticket. From that time on ho served the public in various capacities, as depoty sheriff, constable and policeman, always with the same efficiency and faithfulness. He lived in Arm Arbor f rom 1842 up to the time of his death except during the war when he was in the jewelry business at Jackson. He f ormerly owned the present Frauklin house. It was then kuown as the Leotard house. He never Licked for friends, since every one knew that underneath his gruff exterior beat a warm generous kindly heart. He was nearly eighty years of age and aoquainted with 'all the hardships of pioneer life, and yet he looked rnueh younger. He will be missed greatly ou onr streets and many a heart will continue to hold grufif "Toni Leouard" iu kindly remeniberance.