Biographical Sketch of W. J. Leezer
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W. J. LEEZER. – Mr. Leezer, one of the most active of all ourcitizens, was born March 21, 1846, at Rushville, Illinois, where he received a common-school education and learned the tinner’s trade. In 1870 he crossed the plains, locating at Umatilla Landing, and working for his brother, J.M. Leezer, who was then doing a tin and hardware business at that point. A year later he bought the establishment and conducted the business for himself, until in 1880 he closed out his interests there and moved to Heppner, Oregon, where he has established and carries on successfully a mercantile business to the present time.
He was married in 1873 to Miss L.A. Wilson of Umatilla, and has three children, Emory J., Mabel A. and Willetta. He was appointed treasurer of Morrow county in 1885, and served a full term. In March, 1889, he was elected city treasurer,and fills the position at present. He is one of the representative business men of Heppner, of sterling worth,and respected by all who know him.