|Birth: ||May 24, 1837|
New York, USA
The marker for Leander Cole is in honor of his service during the Civil War in the 9th Wisconsin Light Artillery, which served on the western frontier from 1862-1865 at various posts from Fort Zarah in Kansas to Fort Union in New Mexico.
Leander was born at Charlotte Center in Chautauqua County, New York, in 1837, the third son of Nathan Cole and Louisa Henderson, daughter of James and Lavinia (Hodge) Henderson. Leander went west from New York, living in Hudson, Wisconsin at first. He was 25 when he enlisted in the GAR. After being mustered out in 1865, he settled in Lawrence, Kansas, where he married Melinda Richards, daughter of Sardinia and Theodosia (Raredon) Richards, and started a family. In the 1890s he went to Oklahoma for the land rush, staking out a homestead on the Canadian River, starting a farm, and also working as a carpenter. He raised at least 18 children (including stepchildren and orphans he adopted). His daughter Bertha (born January 5, 1867) married N. Lemuel Myer (born in Iowa, 1861), son of Noah and Melvina (Powell) Myer. Bertha died July 3, 1896, leaving an infant son, Ralph Myer, whom Leander raised.
Eventually Leander and his younger brother moved to McLoud, Oklahoma, where they built a four-room house that served as their home until they passed away. Ralph Myer and his wife, Nettie, continued to live in the house for years afterward.
Created by: John Ival Blair
Record added: Sep 16, 2010
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