Leach, Forace J.
Age: 25, credited to Brattleboro, VT
Unit(s): 10th MA INF
Service: enl, Belchertown, MA, 6/21/61, m/i, Pvt, Co. C, 10th MA INF, 6/21/61, pr CPL, m/o 7/1/64
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Birth: 01/04/1835, Belchertown, MA
Burial: Morningside Cemetery, Brattleboro, VT
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tom Ledoux
Findagrave Memorial #: 14244203
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 11/29/1889, VT; widow Phebe C., 8/21/1897, VT
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Forace J. Leach
June 28, 1897
VETERAN ENGINEER DEAD
F. J. Leach of Brattleboro and His Long Service on the New London Northern
Forace J. Leach, 62, Brattleboro's veteran locomotive engineer, died about 4 o'clock yesterday morning after a serious illness of several months with a complication of diseases whose origin dates back to the Civil War. By his death the New London northern railroad company has lost an employee whose length of service as engineer is exceeded by but one other of its men, Mr. Leach having served continuously in that capacity since 1866, after several years experience as brakeman and fireman. During that time he had met with several accidents, but none of them were serious. Brattleboro's best-known railroad men have grown up on his train and he had a wide acquaintance with the trading public.
Mr. Leach was born in Belchertown January 4, 1835. At the age of 21 he began braking on the New London road and was promoted to fireman. Soon after that year he went to port Jervis, N.Y., and for three years was employed on the New York and Erie railroad. He then returned to firing for the New London road until the war broke out, when he enlisted in Co. C, 10th Massachusetts infantry, June 14, 1861, and as corporal served three years, receiving his discharge in this city, July 6,1864. After another year as foreman between Palmer and New London, he took charge of an engine, making his home at Palmer. His trip afterward was extended to Amherst, where he moved, and in 1869 to Millers Falls. After the road from Millers Falls to Brattleboro was bought by the New London road, his route was extended in 1872 to Brattleboro, where he had since lived. Illness compelled him to abandon his engine February 28.
Mr. Leach married Miss Phoebe C. Allen of Belchertown January 12, 1865, and they have had four children, two of whom, Julius E. and Carrie M. Leach, are living in Brattleboro. He was one of a family of nine children, the surviving members being Mary E., of Palmer, Lorenzo, of Guilford, Vt., Elliot J., of Amherst, Clarissa, of Northampton, and Everett, of Bangor, Mich. He was a member of SedgwickGrand Army Post, Wantastiquet Lodge of Odd Fellows, Dennis Rebekah Lodge, Columbian Lodge of Masons and of the New London division, brotherhood of locomotive engineers.. The funeral will be held at his late residence, 10 Main street, Brattleboro, at 2 o'clock tomorrow, under the Odd Fellows and Mason's rituals. The burial will be in Brattleboro.
Contributed by Tom Boudreau