5409. Charles Carroll LEONARD3904 was born on 17 January 1845 in OH. He died on 12 March 1874 at the age of 29 in Strongsville, Cuyahoga Co., OH.3905 He was buried in Strongsville Cemetery, Strongsville, Cuyahoga Co., OH. (Preface to 'The History of Pithole' reissue 1945)
Charles C. Leonard was born in Ohio in 1843 and joined the Union Army when only sixteen. He was wounded at the battle of Chickamauga and after being discharged, he went to Pithole during 1865. At first he worked as a clerk in Eddy's Hardware Store and wrote for the newspaper as a side-line. In the fall of 1867 he moved into Titusville where he was a bookkeeper, then oil reporter, and finally local reporter on the "Morning Herald." Five years later he was employed briefly by the Cleveland, Ohio "Leader" and next in St. Louis by the "Globe." The lure of petroleum was too strong so back to Titusville came Leonard this time working for "The Evening Press." His stay was short and in January, 1873, he went back to St. Louis but finally settled at Strongsville, Ohio, near Cleveland. His death on March 10, 1874, came early because of his war wounds.
More than one interested person has declared "Crocus" had all the necessary ability to become one of the nation's best humorists had he lived longer.
"The History of Pithole is reprinted for the first time to make it readily available to all who are interested in the early history of oil in Pennsylvania.
-Ernest C. Miller, Warren, Pennsylvania, October 31, 1945
He does not appear to be the Charles Carroll Leonard who ran away from home at age 11 and married a Miss Ott of PA or OH.
Charles Carroll LEONARD and Ella had the following children: