First,mea culpa for accidentally transposing the first and last name of the historian, Spencer Leonard. (easy to do when one is reading from a very faded document, but I will make up for it in this blog. Spencer Leonard (1894-1973) was a lifetime member  of the Genealogical Forum of Oregon, where he  was posthumously inducted into the GFO Hall of Fame in 1998. Writing about military legend and lore was second nature to him, because of his family's military history. having served himself at the rank of Private in the United States Army during World War I, and he is buried at Willamette National Cemetery. Spencer carried over his love of military history to his position of  Department Historian for the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Department of Oregon and Washington. He held this post  for many years, including during  the National Centennial observance of the American Civil War. Spencer made his home in Southeast Portland, where he was employed as a meat cutter for the Fred Meyer Department stores. He passed away on August 8, 1973.

Here is a copy of his obituary:

Leonard -- June 8, Spencer; husband of Nita; father of Ronald A. and Kenneth S. Leonard, Mrs. Robert (Leona) Gerlach, Mrs. Marie O'Day; 15 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; brother of Harvey Leonard. Funeral service Tuesday, June 12, 1:30 pm, ROSS HOLLYWOOD CHAPEL, NE 48th & Sandy. Friends invited. Interment Willamette National. Member of Mizpah Presbyterian Church; Sons of the American Revolution; Military Order of the Loyal Legion; Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War; Retired Capt. of Oregon Blues Brigade; Veteran of WWI Barracks No. 3333; Life Member of VFW No. 81 and DAV Oregon No. 4; SE Post No. 146 American Legion; Past National Chaplain of I.O.O.F.; Scout Young U.S.W. Veterans; Federation of All Veterans; Oregon Historical Society; Meatcutters Union No. 143.

Rest in Peace, Spencer, your words of the Civil War News and the knowledge you imparted will live on and elucidate future generations of history-minded Oregonians!


I wonder how Spencer would have written up the news concerning the 150th anniversary of the Death of Oregon United States Senator Edward Dickinson Baker?