Past & Present


No event of special importance occurred to vary the routine of farm life for A. L. Kiser in his boyhood and youth. He was educated in the schools of Detroit, worked upon the old homestead and remained with his father up to the time of his marriage, which was celebrated in Detroit on the 21st of November, 1888, Miss Ora Esther Sanderson becoming his wife. She is the youngest daughter of Reuben Sanderson and was born, reared and educated in Detroit. Following their marriage the young couple began their domestic life in Detroit, where Mr. Kiser engaged in farming for two years, when in 1890 he located upon the farm where he now resides. He has since added to and remodeled the house and has put up about six hundred rods of good wire fencing. He has also made other improvements and has carried forward the work of cultivation until he has a splendidly developed property. In connection with the tilling of the soil he is engaged in feeding and raising hogs and cattle for the market and formerly also handled sheep.

Mr. and Mrs. Kiser have become the parents of four children: Lorena A., Paul Wayne, Mildred Marie and Lucile Bernadine. In his political views Mr. Kiser has been a life-long republican and is now serving as supervisor. He served on the ferries committee of which he was chairman and he is also a member of the committee on salaried offices. He has been a delegate to numerous conventions on his party and has served as chairman of the township committees of Detroit and Newburg township. His wife is a member of the Christian church and Mr. Kiser belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Detroit, in which he has passed all of the chairs and is a past grand. He also served for two terms as district deputy and was a delegate to the grand lodge at one session. He likewise has membership relations with the Mutual Protective League, a fraternal insurance order. Mr. Kiser is an industrious and prosperous farmer, a man of good business ability and of sterling character and worth. He is well known in Pittsfield and Pike county as one of its public-spirited citizens. The work which was instituted by his grandfather and has been carried forward by his father both along lines of individual business interests and the public welfare has also been continued by him and his value and worth as a citizen is widely acknowledged.

                                     ALONZO LEONARD

To those who are familiar with the history of Alonzo Leonard it seems trite to say that he is a self- made man, whose splendid position in financial circles is attributable entirely to his own efforts, yet it is but just to say in a history that will descend to future generations that his business career is one that has excited the admiration and respect of his contemporaries, proving the power of energy, enterprise and keen discrimination as forceful factors in business life. A native of Kentucky he was born in the year 1850, a son of Samuel Leonard, who in 1852 removed to Missouri, where his son Alonzo was reared. He had a charter from this state for building a levee along the river bank before the war. In his family were seven children, of whom Alonzo was the youngest.

Alonzo Leonard was educated in Missouri and in 1872 came to Pike county, where he has since resided. He worked by the month in the early years of his residence here and when he had acquired some capital embarked in business in Pittsfield. As the years passed by he prospered and eventually he turned his attention to the brokerage business which he has since followed. He is now a well known capitalist of Pike county, loaning money and conducting a business that has become of considerable extent and importance.

On the 21st of September, 1873, Mr. Leonard was united in marriage to Miss Caroline I. Moore, a native of Iowa, and a daughter of Robert Moore, a carpenter of Pike county, who is still living here. They have one child, Charles A., who was born July 4, 1879, and was graduated from Yale University in the class of 1904. He is now associated with his father. The family home is on East Washington street in Pittsfield, where they have a pleasant residence. Mr.


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