Saturday, July 18, 2009


George Edwin Leech was the son of George Leech and Elizabeth G. Willis of Delavan, Walworth, Wisconsin. Born 17 Sep 1859 and died 04 Jun 1947.

Will Conduct His Farm at Vineland, N. J., and Also Open Practice

Dr. G. Ed. Leech, veterinarian, who has been located in Winona for the last 20 years, plans to leave with his wife the end of the week for Vineland, N.J. Dr. Leech will make his headquarters on a farm of 80 acres which he owns near that place and will undertake veterinary work in the south central part of New Jersey or the heart of Maryland. While he does not expect to personally conduct his farm he will oversee it and make that his headquarters for other work.

In the 20 years he has been located in Winona Dr. Leech has done general veterinary work for 15 years of that time has been inspector for interstate shipments of stock, looking into the health of livestock passing between the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin. This service is now to be discontinued here, it is stated. Inspection work has increased in Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as in other states, until now, with 10 or more inspectors to a state, this inspection can be performed at important points without the inconvenience of stopping the stock for inspection at points where they may pass from one state to another, it is stated. While in Winona Dr. Leech also served for seven years as city milk inspector.

Mrs. Leech also has been active, particularly along the line of promoting women’s work. For several years she acted as superintendent of the women’s department at the Tri-County fair in Winona. She also has served as assistant superintendant in the women’s department at the Minnesota state fair.

Winona Republic-Herald, Feb. 4, 1920

Grace B. Cramer Viles Obit

Grace B. Viles

Grace B. Viles, widow of Sewall C. Viles, 519 Fifteenth street NE, a lifelong resident of Cedar Rapids and a supervisor at the Children’s home, died in a Cedar Rapids hospital at 5:50 p.m. Friday. She was born Feb. 27, 1889 in Cedar Rapids.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Floyd Johnson of San Antonio; a brother, W.H. Cramer of Chicago, and two grandchildren.

Mrs. Viles was a member of St. Paul’s Methodist church, and Pythian Sisters.

Services will be conducted in Turner chapel at 1:30 p.m. Monday by Dr. Marvin B. Kober and the Pythian sisters. Burial will be in Cedar Memorial cemetery. Friends may call at the chapel.

Cedar Rapid Tribune July 14, 1951

Sewall C. Viles Obit

Sewall Chadborne Viles was the youngest son of both Jotham S. Viles and his third wife Laura Schutts and the only child born to this union.


Funeral services were held Thursday at 2 p.m. in St. Paul’s M. E. church for Lieut. Col. S.C. (“Jack”) Viles, former member of the city council, who died at his home, 1414 Bever-ave, Tuesday morning after an extended illness. Rev. Dr. A. A. Brooks, pastor of St. Paul’s church officiated at the funeral. Mr. Viles had lived here 37 years.

Prominent in military circles, Mr. Viles was second in command of the 133rd infantry of the Iowa National Guard. He first enlisted in ING at Vinton, where he was born July 12, 1881. During the World war he served as instructor at training camps at Camp Custer, Mich. and Camp Lee, Va. He was a charter member of Hanford post American Legion.

In 1922-23 he was a deputy sheriff under former sheriff Tom Avery. In 1931 Mr. Viles was elected commissioner of public safety, serving two years. Following the death of “Jim” Travis, justice of the peace, Mr. Viles was named to fill the unexpected term, later being elected for a full term. He was a past president of the Barbers’ union.

Col. Viles was active in fraternal circles. He was past chancellor-commander of Star of the West lodge No. 1, Knights of Pythians, and a past deputy grand chancellor of the Pythians of Iowa. He was secretary of Ardekan temple of D.O.K.K. and a member of the local Pythian judiciary committee. He was a past noble grand of Maine lodge No. 613 I.O.O.F.

Besides his wife, Grace B. Viles, he is survived by his daughter, Eileen at home, and a son, Richard of San Bernardino, Calif.

Cedar Rapids Tribune, March 12, 1937