Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The
Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties,
State of Washington", published by Western Historical Publishing
JAMES B. LEAHY was born in Quebec,
Canada, on October 14, 1858, being the son of James and Catherine (Barrett)
Leahy, natives of Ireland. Our subject spent his youthful days on
the farm and gained his education from the district schools. When
sixteen, he started out in life for himself and went to Cornwall, Canada,
where he shipped on a lake steamer that was plying between Montreal and
Chicago. In 1878, young Leahy came west to Nevada and engaged in
mining. Later, he went to Leadville and prospected for a time.
Next we see him in Bodie, California, operating in the Standard gold mines
where he continued seven years. Then he went to Mill City, Nevada,
one year later, to Park City, Utah, thence to the Woodriver country, Idaho,
and later, returned to Park City, Utah. During all this time, he
was occupied in the various leading mines in the sections that he visited,
becoming very expert in that industry. From Utah, Mr. Leahy came
to Douglas county and selected government claims where he now lives.
He is giving his undivided attention to general farming and stock raising
and now has a large estate and over three hundred head of fine graded cattle.
He has some excellent Durham bulls and keeps nothing but first-class stock.
Leahy Postoffice is located at his home, he being appointed postmaster
by John Wanamaker in 1891. In all the years since, Mr. Leahy has
discharged the duties encumbent upon him in this capacity in a manner satisfactory
to all the patrons. He has also been road supervisor and is one of
the leading men of this portion of the county. Mr. Leahy has the
following brothers and sisters: Daniel E., in this county; Patrick, in
Butte City, Montana; Dennis J. and Michael R., both living in this county;
Mrs. Eliza Timlin, living in Tonepah, Nevada; Mrs. Bridget Murphy, living
in Canada; Mrs. Teresa Brennan and Mrs. Ella Nelson in Oakland, California
; Mrs. Mary Murphy living in Nebraska: and Mrs. Ersella Maddin, living
in Butte, Montana.
At Park City, Utah, on February 27, 1889 Mr.
Leahy married Josephine A. Conners, daughter of Thomas and Maguilla (Cady)
Conners, natives of New York and Ireland, respectively. The parents
crossed the plains with ox teams in 1866 when Mrs. Leahy was an infant.
She was born on April 30, 1866. Mrs. Leahy is a cousin of John Conners,
of the United States Army who commanded the United States Volunteers in
Utah during the Civil war. She has the following brothers and sisters:
James, who died in Stockton, Utah; John, living in Stockton, Utah; Mrs.
Mary Paxton, living in Park City, Utah; Mrs. Ella Leary at Coulee City,
Washington. To Mr. and Mrs. Leahy one child has been born, Frank
B., on July 27, 1895, the birthplace being at Park City, Utah.
Mr. Leahy is a member of the A. O. U. W. and
an adherent of the Catholic church. When he first settled in this
country, he was obliged to haul all his supplies one hundred and twenty
miles and his nearest postoffice, Barry, was twenty-five miles distant.
He knows well the hardships and labors of the pioneer and has been very
successful, having demonstrated himself to be a man of ability and energy.
His labors have ever shown a marked wisdom and Mr. Leahy rightfully stands
one of the leading men of Douglas county.