James F. Leekley, son of Thomas and Sarah Leekley, was born January 7, 1847 in Dubuque, Iowa. During his childhood his parents moved to Galena, Illinois, where he spent the greater part of his life. In the War of the Rebellion he served in the Union Army, a member of Company C, the 45th Infantry, Illinois. He was a member of the E. D. Kittoe Post.

In 1868, he was united in marriage to Mary Jane Leekley, who preceded him in death fifteen years ago. To this union were born four daughters--Mrs. Jennie W. Chapin and Miss Julia Leekley of Chicago; Mrs. R.H. Pryor of Shelby, Iowa; six sons, George A. of Seattle, Washington, Thomas W., Portland, Oregon; Frederic P. of Minneapolis, Edgar R. of North Bend, Oregon; Henry H. and Guy C. of Chicago. One daughter, Sadie, passed away in 1894. Besides his children he leaves to mourn his loss nineteen grandchildren and a host of friends. He was the last of his family, his brother, Thomas M. Leekley having preceded him by several months. Death came to him July 15, 1926 at the home of his son Henry in Chicago, he being unable to rally from a stroke of apoplexy suffered some time ago. Always a loving husband, a devoted father and a faithful friend, his loss will be greatly felt by all who knew him.

(Submitted by Dori Leekley)