| November/December 1964

Mr. Marcus Leonard, 92, died at 12:30 a.m., Saturday, July 18, in the Stillwater, Oklahoma, Municipal Hospital. He expired quite suddenly after being in good health up until two days of his passing. The last ten weeks of his life had been spent in the home of his son in Stillwater.

Mr. Leonard was born in Lanark, Illinois, April 23, 1872, the son of William Leonard and Nancy Jane Grigsby. In 1875, he moved with his parents to Aurelia, Iowa, and from there to Rock Rapids, Iowa, in 1890. He was one of 13 children, eight of whom grew to adulthood. His twin sister, Mary, died in 1931.

His parents were frontiersmen, coming to Iowa when it was a young state. In his young boyhood, Mr. Leonard became interested in the steam threshing machinery which was just in its fancy in 1880. It became such a fascination to him that he spent all the remaining years of his life right up to within a week of his death, thinking, dreaming, talking, and writing about his life's work and aspirations. At various times during his life he was a engine operator, an owner of steam threshing rigs in Iowa and Kansas, a salesman and collector, an inventor, and finally in his later years, an author.

Mr. Leonard became a teacher of the 'Old Country School,' at the age of 18, and taught several terms until 1903, when he moved to Kansas City, Kansas. In the meantime he had attended a business college in Des Moines, Iowa, and then later on he spent one year at what was then called the Kansas Normal School, located in Emporia. There he met Mabel W. Dix of Pratt, Kansas, who became his wife in 1900.

To this union were born three children, Carroll of Stillwater, Oklahoma, and Mrs. Ruth L. Meier of Evanston, Illinois, who survive him; and the younger daughter Mrs. Florence Chambers who passed away last year. His wife died in 1957. Mrs. Meier's husband preceded Mr. Leonard's death by three days. All of his children were named for pupils he taught in Harper County, Kansas. He has kept in touch with many of his former pupils throughout his life-time.

Other survivors include five grandsons, a step grand daughter, and a step grandson; four great grandchildren and one step great granddaughter; a daughter-in-law Mrs. Carroll Leonard; and two sisters, Mrs. Dora Meyers of Rock Rapids, Iowa, and Mrs. Pearl E. Kirk of Wadena, Minnesota. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews, as well as a host of friends and admirers.


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