It was during an outing to an old mining camp in the Mother Lode that Carl Wheat decided that E Clampus Vitus, "this noble fragment of the past needed only a bit of polish and a few libations to spring once again into the 'full panoply of being.'" He enlisted the aid of friends Leon O. Whitsell and George Ezra Dane. Together, the three successfully conspired to revive the old times and "let the light of E Clampus Vitus once again shine out over the world." . They were contacted by one of the last surviving members of the original ECV, who passed on all that he could remember of the organization's rites and legends. The three founded a new chapter, Yerba Buena Number 1, or the "Capitulus Redivivus in the 1930,s.
A lawyer by trade, he is listed in some judicial findings on the railroad right of ways in California. At the age of 32 he is listed as one of the lawyers on a landmark Idaho case that included Clarence Darrow in 1908.
Author, Whitsell, Leon O. Title: One Hundred Years of Freemasonry in California Place: [San Francisco] Publisher: The Grand Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons of California Date:  Co-author with Arthur R Anderson, Copyrite ©1963"1883-1960 OAKLAND BODIES OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA" From California's First Century of Scottish Rite Masonry.
Leon O. Whitsell, is also listed as the first vice-president of Orange Rotary and is credited with helping create this club in 1921. On April 11, 1944 in Burlingame, California, Leon was elected to city office, being re-elected again in 1946.
Lawyer, Rotarian, 33 degree Mason, Scottish Rite public servant and a founder of E Clampus Vitus, about as Fraternal a person as you could ever find.
Mothers maiden name was Smith.
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