Biographical Sketches of Leo's life

Baby/Boyhood Pictures (click on thumbnail to see enlarged version, use the Back button to return to this page)

6 months

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Leo and Frances

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Grandma Landers and her grandchildren, Frances, Billy, Mary and Leo Rooney

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First communion 

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Altar boy

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5th grade class in Holy Rosary School

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Cousins, 1938, the day Gallaghers left for West

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With Uncle Tom and Aunt Ella in Butte, Montana, 1939

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Ranch in Myrtle Point, Oregon

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With Bucky McCall

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Driver came West in a covered wagon

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Swing set up on porch of log house

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Mendham, NJ -- High School years

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Cousins in 1940

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with Grandma Larson and Billy Jones

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in High Works

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US Navy, 1946

Leo joined the US Navy after High School graduation. He was one of the last to receive the benefits of World War II veterans, namely a college education after his service.  In the two years that he served, he wrote to my mother and she saved his letters. Some most likely have been lost, but these remain:

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Leo on the left, Captain Mansfield on right

In later years, when Leo met John Winter, they compared notes and realized that while Leo was on a ship in Eniwetok during atomic bomb testing, John was in the air, probably the same day(s).

When he came home, Leo enrolled in Montclair State Teachers College.  There he met Alberta Maycock and they wed in 1952 and both taught in Morristown schools.

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Alberta's first class, in 1953


MORRISTOWN HIGH SCHOOL, Class of 1960 50th Reunion Oct 9, 2010
Members who attended George Washington school and remember Leo