March 3, 2011 - The John and Ann Elizabeth May Hickman home was built in Leonard and was originally built on what is now the northeast corner of Houston and Elm Streets. It was a two story, four-bedroom house with a kitchen, living room and dining area. The steps leading upstairs were in the only downstairs bedroom. There was a back porch and a wrap-around porch on the front of the house. The original home might have had bathing rooms, but indoor toilets were still a thing of the future. On a rafter in the attic, the house was signed by the builder and dated September 1, 1900. This house, like so many of the other homes written about, had plank walls throughout.
Feb. 24, 2011 - In doing research for the next Homes of History series, the current owner of the spotlighted property produced a Fannin County abstract showing the history of the home and property - dating back to the days when the property was bought by the City of Leonard's namesake Solomon Langdon Leonard.
Last Updated ( Friday, 25 February 2011 12:31 )
Feb. 17, 2011 - A Leonard native with a heart for children was recently awarded a state-wide honor for her investigative efforts with the Collin County Criminal District Attorney's Crimes Against Children Division. Marletta Scribner - who has deep roots in Leonard, starting with her birth at Dr. Davis' office - was awarded the C.L. "Chuck" Dennis Memorial Award - otherwise known as the Investigator of the Year Award - by the Texas District and County Attorney's Association (TDCAA) recently. The award is presented to one investigator out of 750 at the TDCAA Investigator School, held in February each year. Scribner will enjoy her 30th anniversary with Collin County this year in July.
Feb. 17, 2011 - In the February meeting of the City Council the members voted to call an election for May 14, for the purpose of electing three City Council members for the City of Leonard. The terms will be two, two-year terms and one, one-year term left vacant from the previous election when no one applied for the place vacated by Richard Johnson. The two terms up for election are the places now filled by Steven Bolin and Larry Thompson.
Last Updated ( Friday, 25 February 2011 12:30 )
Feb. 17, 2011 - The Leonard Graphic is excited to announce the new company website is online and ready for viewers/readers at www.theleonardgraphic.com. The site currently has most articles from the beginning of 2011 posted and will be updated weekly with the previous issue's news. Though the online version includes just about everything published in print, it is arranged a smidgen differently and will take some getting used to.
Those visiting the website will see several tabs across the top of the site where the articles are organized. The Home tab will take you back to the main page, and the rest are categories for the news items and other sections.
Last Updated ( Friday, 25 February 2011 12:11 )
Feb. 17, 2011 - In 1917, James Earnest (J.E.) and Maud V. Henry Worsham began building a four-room house on one of two dirt roads that led from Leonard to Bonham,which is now FM 1553. The house was a basic house with two bedrooms, a living/dining room, and a kitchen without running water. There was a smokehouse located off the southeast corner of the house, a chicken coop and outhouse located out away from the house; so far out that one hoped to not have to use it during the night. The house also had wood burning stoves in two rooms with connecting ventilation to the outside and the walls were made of one by twelve planks. As was natural for an old farmhouse, the rooms were connected one to another throughout the house, so there was little to no privacy.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 February 2011 15:40 )
Feb. 10, 2011 - In a highly-unlikely-for-Texas turn of events, Leonard ISD students missed four days last week due to icy road conditions and snowy weather. Precipitation fell early Tuesday and closed school for the first day, and the next day - on Groundhog's Day - residents awoke to find the same thing, and again on Thursday. One resident eluded to the fact that it felt like they were living the movie "Groundhog's Day" during those four days. More snow fell Friday - a lot more snow in fact - for Texas at least - and kept the school doors closed. With temperatures not breaking the freezing point for that handful of days, it created hazardous road conditions for an extended period of time in the area, leaving schools with no other option but to close.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 February 2011 15:39 )
Feb. 10, 2011 - The American Bank of Texas Leonard branch is spearheading a Relay for Life team leading up to the big event on May 20 and 21 at Warrior Stadium in Bonham. Part of the responsibility of heading up a team is organizing fundraisers, with all funds going to the American Cancer Society for cancer research. The other part is organizing a team that will walk in the Relay for Life event that begins at 7 p.m. and lasts to 7 a.m. The Leonard team has deemed themselves The Leonard Fighters and they would like to offer an open invitation to cancer survivors, those currently on treatment, caregivers or interested persons to participate in this event.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 February 2011 15:39 )
Feb. 10, 2011 - According to volume two of The History of Leonard, in 1929, the Davys- A. S. "Add" and Mamie - built what was then the third brick house in Leonard. It was also one of the first to have indoor plumbing. "Add", however, would not abandon the old-style wooden outdoor toilet, and had one placed near the back alley. While the rest of the family enjoyed the indoor toilet, Mr. Davy continued to use the "out-back facility" for several more years. He is quoted as saying, "You never know when the new sewer system contraption may break down." In the year 2004 (the current year of publication for The History of Leonard - Volume II), the red brick house was still occupied. It is located on the northwest corner of the intersection of Collins and Parmele. Lois Harvey and family have occupied the home since January of 1985.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 February 2011 11:10 )
Feb. 3, 2011 - For the second time in a month, Leonard schools closed due to inclement weather that hit the northeast Texas region. The weather was part of a line of winter weather that stretched from Texas to the northeast. The National Weather Service showed an over 2100-mile line that would potentially drop at least one inch of snow, but as much as one- to two-feet, in the states affected by the storm.
In Leonard, sleet fell early Tuesday morning - as the first day of February dawned and succeeded in maintaining its reputation for being the coldest month in North Texas. Calls went out from Leonard ISD around 6 a.m. that school was closed for the day as the roads were slippery and impassable for the buses. The slick roads were desolate, as many stayed home from work in the warmth of their homes. A second call went out Tuesday afternoon that school would remain closed on Wednesday.