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    Morgan Leonard, a retired farmer living on his valuable farm of fifty acres, which is situated in Section 13, Range 4, Newton Township, is one of the representative citizens of this section, having served in the most important township offices and for the last eight years been a member of the Board of Trustees.  He is also an honored veteran of the Civil War.  He was born March 30, 1845, in Juniata County, Pennsylvania, and is a son of Reuben and Elizabeth (Airgood) Leonard.

    The parents of Mr. Leonard spent their lives in Pennsylvania.  They had ten children: Thomas, Milo, Morgan, Elizabeth, Scott, John, Samuel, Alva, Jersey and Jane.  Reuben Leonard and wife attended the Dunkard Church. He was a strong Republican and his son remembers that he frequently sent his boys out on election day to remind voters of their duty to come to the polls.

     Morgan Leonard attended schools at Oakland Mills, Juniata County and then went into the railroad shops.  He later went on the road as a brakeman, became a fireman and later was an engineer and was serving in that capacity when he entered the army as a member of Company A, Eighth Ohio Volunteer Calvary.  He was in the service for eighteen months, and during this time was wounded seriously three times and was so incapacitated that he was obliged to retire from the service.  It was a long time before he regained his health, and for three years he worked as a silversmith, with his father-in-law at Covington, where he continued to live after his marriage until he came to his present farm.  Of this he cleared forty acres and drained 850 rods, putting down tile.  He also put up all the substantial buildings and made all other improvements and carried on a general line of agricultural work until he retired.  He is a leading Republican in this section and has taken an active part in public matters.  For eight years he served as supervisor of Newton Township and has been a trustee for the same length of time.  At times he has served in other capacities, always with good judgment and a fit recognition of responsibility.  On one occasion he was kept away from home for six weeks while serving on a United States jury, at Cincinnati, and on several other times has served on the grand jury at Troy.

    Mr. Leonard was married March 4, 1864, to Miss Matilda Varner, a daughter of Daniel G. and Mary Varner, and they had eight children, namely: Daniel G., deceased; Reuben, who resides at home; Elizabeth, deceased; Alva, who married Jessie Hoffman; Belle, who married John Marshall, of Darke County, and has two children-Ray and Ira; Annie who married Irwin Shell, and has one son, Harley; Irwin, who lives at home; and Minnie who is the wife of Silas Silvers.  Mr. Leonard and family attend the Dunkard Church.  He is a valued member of the Dan W. Williams Post, G. A. R. No. 369, at Pleasant Hill of which he has been vice-commander for several years.

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