The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.
Jan. 21, 1919
FIVE BROTHERS IN SERVICE STRINGING HOME ONE BY ONE
One by one the five Leonard brothers are beginning to string homeward from war service and Mr. and Mrs. Samuel L. Leonard soon will not have to keep up a war map in order to keep track of their various warrior sons’ whereabouts while retaining a watchful eye on the three sons remaining at home and just pining to get into the service of their country. The money saved in postage stamps when the soldiers get home will be more than offset by the necessity of larger porterhouse steaks and otherwise killing of the fatted calf.
Sergeant Paul Leonard of Battery A, 56th coast artillery not only wired his parents of his arrival in New York from France last Saturday but also the information that Corporal Morris Leonard of the 65th artillery, would arrive in New York in a few days.
To offset this welcome news Mr. and Mrs. Leonard are worrying about their son Guy, who is in the intelligence service of the army, and who has been very low with an attack of the flu followed by double pneumonia in the military hospital at the Presidio, San Francisco. His condition was reported as better today.
The parents have also received word from George Leonard who is in the Merchant Marine service, that he has just arrived at San Francisco from Honolulu. No word has been yet received from Corporal Mark Leonard of the 48th artillery as to when he will be home from France, but he is expected to sail soon.
Sergeant Paul Leonard arrived in New York on the warship South Dakota, which had such a stormy and rough passage across the Atlantic. Corporal Morris Leonard was about to be promoted a lieutenant in the aviation service when the armistice was declared. He was warmly recommended by the commanding officer of his company for this promotion because of his “activity, general soldierly qualities, possession of initiative to a marked degree and expert knowledge of gas engines.”
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