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 Co., 1904.
DANIEL LEONARD, a native of Ireland,
born August 15, 1845, grew to manhood on a farm in his native country,
came to Quebec in 1871, and soon afterward to Muskegon, Michigan, where
he became an employee in a lumbering business. Coming to Puget Sound,
Washington, in 1875, he engaged in the lumbering business, and four years
later he came to Spokane Falls, then a small hamlet, and filed a pre-emption
on a quarter section of land on White Bluff prairie. In the spring
of 1880 he sold his claim and came to his present location, took up a homestead
and engaged in the stock business. His residence is five miles southeast
of Peach, on Hawk creek, where he owns 1,000 acres of land, about 150 acres
of which are meadow upon which he raises hay to feed his large herds of
cattle and horses. He came to the country a poor man, but is now
one of the wealthiest stock raisers in the vicinity. He was truly
a pioneer in this part of Lincoln county, since he was the first settler
on Hawk creek, and for months at a time he saw no one save perhaps a band
of Indians or a straggling stock man who chanced to pass by. He first
lived in a small log cabin, but now has a modern six-room cottage, and
the best of improvements on his farm. The first plow and mowing machine
he brought from Colfax, and the first hay he cut was native grass and reaped
with the old fashioned scythe.
Daniel Leonard has been twice married.
The first time in 1885 to Mrs. Bessie B. Curtin, who died February 14,
1900. Mrs. Leonard at the time of her marriage had two sons, Joseph
and Austin. The second marriage of Mr. Leonard was to Mrs. Mary T.
(Ivers) Moran, a native of Montreal, daughter of Henry and Anna (Beaubine)
Ivers, which marriage occurred January 30, 1902. The first husband
of Mrs. Leonard died seventeen years ago, and three years after his death
Mrs. Moran went to New York City where she took a two years course in a
school of nursing. She then went to Buffalo in company with her only
daughter, Nellie Irene, who is now attending school at Peach. Mrs.
Moran followed her profession in Buffalo until coming to Spokane in 1901,
where she met and became the wife of Daniel Leonard.