Saturday, January 25, 2014

Jamed H. Leonard

I would like to give a little information on James H. Leonard and his business before I get to the obituaries were you'll find other  information on him and his family.

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James H. Leonard came to Topeka, Kansas, in 1871, and started a photographing business at 189 Kansas Ave, which was called J. H. Leonard Photographer.  He was at this address until in the latter year of 1873 to the early part of 1874, when he took on a partner who was H. T. Martin, the business was known as Leonard & Martin Photographers.  In 1880 the business went to 613 Kansas Ave. 

In 1882 the business moved to 237 Kansas Ave., and would stay there till 1886, some time between 1886 and 1887, Mr.  Martin left the business.  In 1887 Mr.  Leonard moved back to 613 Kansas Ave., he would stay there for many years.  Mr.  Leonard would sell his business in 1913, at that time he was at 714 Kansas Ave. .

Obituaries of James H. Leonard & Family.
James H. Leonard.
Topeka State Journal.
February 7, 1941, p. 7.
James H. Leonard, a 94, of 1261 Boswell, one of Topeka's six Civil War Veterans, died unexpectedly Thursday at his home.
Mr.  Leonard, a Topeka resident 70 years, was born March 10, 1846, at Mexico , Ind. at 18, he enlisted in company c., 135th., regiment, Indiana infantry for service in the Civil War; ( 100 days service.)
He studied in Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Ind., and came to Kansas in 1870 where he taught school for a year at Edgerton, in Johnson county.  He was in St. George briefly, then came to Topeka in 1871, starting a photographing business he continued until he sold it in 1913 to L. Cady Hode.  He retired from business after a year of operating a Chevrolet agency.
Golfed Until 2 years Ago.
An active man in his latter years Mr. Leonard spent 17 winters after his retirement hunting and fishing near Stuart, Fla., and was a golf player until two years ago.

Mrs. Leonard formerly Winnie E. Eakin of Topeka ( they were married May 10, 1877 ), died in 1936.

Mr. Leonard is survived by his daughter Mrs. Ray Yarnell, 1257 Boswell, Topeka; his grandson John Leonard Yarnell and by these niece and nephews; Mrs. John Kerlin, Rockfield, Ind.; Mrs. May Outck, St. Louis, Mo.; Mrs. Lulu Hardy, Gulfport, , Miss.; Mrs. Jessie Ames, Atlanta, Ga.; Ord MCDowell, Camden, Ind.; Frank Leonard, West Somerville, Miss., and Bert Leonard, Shreveport, La.

Funeral services will be at the Wall-Diffenderfer Moryuary, Saturday, at 2 p. m. Burial will be in Topeka cemetery.

Mrs.  Winnie Leonard.
Topeka State Journal.
August 24, 1936, p.6
Funeral services for Mrs. Winnie Eakin Leonard, who died Saturday were held this morning at 10 o'clock, burial was made in Topeka cemetery.
Mrs.  Leonard had lived in Topeka for sixty-one years.  She was the wife of J. H. Leonard, mother of Mrs.  Ray Yarnell and sister of L. K. Eakin all of Topeka.
Mrs.  Ruth Yarnell.
 Topeka Daily Capital
May 24, 1974, p.14.
Services will be 10 a. m. Tuesday at Mount Hope Abbey for Mrs. Ruth J. Yarnell, 83, 2301 W. 18th, who died Thursday at a Topeka hospital where she had been readmitted April 19, she had an abdominal ailment.  She was born October 21, 1890, at Topeka where she lived most of her life.  She was graduated from Washburn University in 1913.

She was a member of Woman's Club of Topeka, Topeka Rose Society, Washburn Alumi Assn., Kansas Genealogical Society, Daughters of American Revolution, and Kansas State Historical Society.

She was married October 5, 1914, to Ray Yarnell at Topeka.  He died August 22, 1961.  Survivors include a son John Yarnell, Los Alamos, N. M., and four grandchildren.

Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery.

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