Pages 305-306, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




E. H. LEITZBACH was born in Litchfield County, Connecticut, August 6, 1864. His father, N. Leitzbach, a native of Germany, emigrated to America in 1857. His mother, also a native of Germany, makes his descent distinctly German. Mrs. Leitzbach's maiden name was Esslinger. Three children were born to them: Anna, Augustus, a practicing physician in Fairmount, Illinois, and the subject of this sketch. The elder Leitzbach was a cabinet maker by trade and followed this business for many years in his New England home.

E. H. Leitzbach attended the schools of his native city and when old


enough entered the high school where he completed his education. After graduation at Winstead, Connecticut, he entered a furniture store where he thoroughly learned the business. Here he worked for three years and, in 1885, he came to Kansas. Purchasing a half interest in the Utterson & McLeod stock of furniture, he began a business which he has since conducted with signal ability and success. Three years after beginning business in Humboldt he purchased the remaining interest in the firm and has since conducted it alone. His thorough knowledge of the business and his untiring industry have combined to build up a business which is one of the largest of its kind in this part of the State. He is very popular with the people in the county and has always had the reputation of dealing with them in the fairest manner.

Mr. Leitzbach was married to Miss Ona Cox, of Elsmore, Kansas, in 1899, and theirs is one of the handsomest homes in the county. Mrs. Leitzbach is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Cox, of Elsmore, and is a native of Allen County.

Politically Mr. Leitzbach is a Republican and has always been an active worker for party success. He has served two terms on the city council of Humboldt.

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