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Below is a family biography included in History of Page County, Iowa published by Iowa Historical Company in 1880.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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LEECH, R. B., merchant, P. O. Clarinda; born July 2, 1889, in Guernsey county, Ohio. His parents came to Iowa in 1840, locating in Van Buren county. There he spent his boyhood days, receiving his education in the common schools. When seventeen years of age he determined to “investigate some of the mysteries of the great west,” and started for the mountains. He was one of the first settlers in Helena, Montana. He engaged in several kinds of business while in the mountains, owning at one time a fine ranch. In 1867 he returned to the states and located at Bloomfield, Iowa, entering the dry goods business. In 1873 he went to Yankton, Dakota, remaining but a year, when he returned to Iowa. He came to Clarinda in 1875, forming a partnership with S. B. Thompson, now of Sidney. In 1879 he bought the interest of Mr. Thompson, continuing the business in his own name. Was married March 19, 1872, to Miss Myra A. Brooks, a native of Van Buren county, Iowa. They have four children: Robert A., Clyde and Clarence (twins) and William.

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This family biography is one of 558 biographies included in The History of Page County, Iowa published in 1880.  For the complete description, click here: Page County, Iowa History and Genealogy

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