Returns To Old Home After 30 Years ~ Leonard S. Perdew
Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa
Thursday, August 20, l925
LEONARD S. PERDEW, who had been given up for dead by relatives and friends for thirty years, came last Friday to visit his sister, MRS. M.L. BOYCE and other relatives in this vicinity. MR. PERDEW is an old time resident of Leon, who left about forty years ago, following his vocation as a telegraph operator in Omaha, Denver, Deadwood and Leeds, South Dakota. He was back here on a visit in l894, and some time after that while located at Leeds, wrote The Reporter to discontinue his copy of the paper, as he was going to a new location in British Columbia, and that was the last heard from him until a week ago last Friday when MRS. BOYCE received a letter from him in Chicago. About the time he went to British Columbia, there were a number of people who lost their lives in forest fires, and it was thought MR. PERDEW might have been one of them. Losing his health he went to Chicago (*can't read) some of his time in various hospitals in that city. He says he was unable to write himself, but had nurses and attendants at the hospitals where he was a patient write to various home folks, but never received a reply, while no one here ever received a letter, so they were probably never mailed. While MR. PERDEW is in rather feeble health, his old time friends will be glad that he is still in the land of the living.
Copied by Nancee(McMurtrey)Seifert
"With permission from the Leon Journal Reporter"
October 24, 2002