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
DENNIS J. LEAHY who resides about
one mile west from Leahy postoffice, was born in the Province of Quebec,
Canada, on June 18, 1862, being the son of James and Catherine (Barrett)
Leahy, natives of the county of Cork, Ireland and Canada, respectively.
He received his educational training in the district schools of his native
country and remained there assisting his father until eighteen years of
age, then he journeyed across the continent to California and settled in
Bodie. He was engaged in mining on the Standard for about three years.
After that he came to Washington, settling on Foster creek, near where
his brother Daniel was, who is mentioned in another portion of this work.
He also took other government claims and turned his attention to general
farming and stock raising. He has continued this steadily until the
present time and now is one of the wealthy men of Douglas county.
He farms over two hundred and fifty acres of land about ninety-five of
which are producing hay. Mr. Leahy has three or four hundred head
of cattle, all of fine Hereford strain, grazing on the prairies near his
home, and also owns a good many horses. He has been blessed with
abundant success since coming here, owing to his careful labors and the
wisdom with which they have been bestowed. His horses are all Percheron
stock and are fine driving animals.
At Spokane, on October 24, 1899, Mr. Leahy
married Miss Mae Halterman. Her parents were Ephraim and Eliza (Johnson)
Halterman, natives of West Virginia and Ohio, respectively. Mrs.
Leahy was born in Garfield county, Washington, on May 5, 1881. She
has two brothers and four sisters, Alfred, Edmond, Mrs. Dora Cuerland,
Carrie, Nellie, Eula. To this marriage one child has been born, James
Elmer on April 23, 1901.
Mr. and Mrs. Leahy are members of the Roman
Catholic church and he belongs to the A. O. U. W. They are well respected
people and good citizens of the county.