Obit: Leroy, Levi M. (1828 - 1923)
Surnames: LEROY SIMPSON GARVIN
----Source: LOYAL TRIBUNE (Loyal, Clark County, Wis.) 04/26/1923
Leroy, Levi M. (7 JUN 1828 - 17 APR 1923)
Levi M. LeRoy was born in Ulster Co., N.Y., June 7, 1828 and died at his old home April 17, 1923.
His mother was of Scotch ancestry and his father probably English. When he was six years old his parents moved to Dutchess Co., N.Y., where he resided till he was about 22 years old. He then went to Columbia Co. of that state, where he was employed for some years in an agricultural machine shop.
In 1862 he enlisted in Co. 8 N.Y. Sharpshooters and was in the service three years. He was in the field only one year. The rest of the time he was worked in railroad shops at Nashville, Tenn. When mustered out he returned to his native state. In the spring of 1866 he came to Clark County, Wis., located on the farm where he died in the town of Loyal.
He was married to Maggie Simpson in New York State. She died in the town of Loyal in 1910, aged 74 years. They drove to Clark Co. from Iron Ridge with an ox team, and on their arrival took up their residence on their eighty acre tract of land covered with timber. John Graves was one of their nearest neighbors and Rastus Mack lived about a half mile south of them. In addition to their ox team they brought with them a cow. They often walked to Neillsville for supplies or drove their ox team there hitched to a jumper.
His first buildings were a log house 18 by 20 and a small log barn.
Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy had no children of their own, but adopted a girl, Edith, who became the wife of Fred Garvin. Mrs. Garvin died in 1917, leaving an adopted son, Levi.
In the early days Mr. LeRoy served as chairman of the town board, being the second to hold that office in the town of Loyal. He was also connected with the school board for many years.
He assisted in organizing the Methodist Church in Loyal and was a member and a staunch supporter of it. In his declining years he found much consolation in his well worn Bible. He had a long and useful career and his death is mourned by many friends.
He is survived by his brother Henry of the town of Loyal and by a few more distant relatives in the East.
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