William Leslie


WILLIAM LESLIE, of the firm of Leslie & Gibson, dealers in Men�s furnishings, clothing, and shoes, and mayor of the city of Parker, Armstrong Co., Pa., was born at Parker Dec. 4, 1879, son of Dr. Henry and Catherine (Griffin) Leslie.

The Leslie family is Scotch and many of the name came to America prior to the Revolutionary war. There is proof that many Leslie�s served in the patriot army, one of whom became a high ranking officer.

Dr. Henry Leslie was born at Mauch Chunk, Pa., and there married Catherine Griffin, who was born in the city of Boston. In 1868 they came to Parker City, where Dr. Leslie successfully practiced medicine until 1883, when he died at the age of fifty years. His widow and three children still survive, the latter being: Thomas G. who is a lawyer in practice at Bristol, Pa., and also at Philadelphia; and Josephine and William, both of whom reside at Parker City.

William Leslie was reared in his native place and attended the public schools. His business life began as a clerk in the clothing and men�s furnishings line at Parker, in 1898, and he continued therein until 1905, when he became a member of the firm of Leslie and Gibson. This firm carries a fine line of goods, and the house is on of the progressive, up-to-date, business concerns of the place, enjoying a large trade. The firm stands high both in it�s own line and with the public.

William Leslie married Jennie E. Palmer, daughter of George and Mary (Daly) Palmer, of Parker City, and one son of that marriage survives, William George. Mr. Leslie subsequently married (second) Bertha Watt, daughter of William and Elizabeth (Timlin) Watt, of Edenburg, Clarion Co., Pa. Mr. Leslie is a member of St. Mary�s Roman Catholic Church. Politically he is a Democrat, and in December, 1911, entered upon his duties as mayor of Parker City, to which office he was elected in the preceding month, for a term of four years. Mayor Leslie is identified with the Modern Woodmen of America and belongs also to the order of Eagles, both at Parker City..

Source: Pages 911 - 912 , Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed February 1999 by Nanci Michalkiewicz for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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