Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Dr. Edmund J. Leach is a highly skilled dental surgeon of Salinas, in which city he was born, September 28, 1897, the son of John H. and Katherine (Kelleher) Leach. The father came from the Blue Grass state, Kentucky, and was distinguished for southern courtliness and honor; while Mrs. Leach was a native daughter of California and came from the old capital town of San Jose.

Edward J. Leach attended the grammar and high schools in Salinas and after finishing the required courses there, matriculated at the College of Physicians & Surgeons in San Francisco, from which he was graduated with the class of '18, when he received the degree of D. D. S. Imbued with patriotic zeal, Dr. Leach became a pharmacist's mate, first class, at the Base Hospital of the United States navy, stationed at the Mare Island Navy Yard. He first practiced his profession in King City, California, and from there removed to Salinas. He is a member of the Monterey County Dental Association and by reading and study keeps in touch with the latest scientific researches and discoveries.

Dr. Leach was married in 1920, to Miss Gladys Mayers, popularly known in Salinas, and they now have one son and one daughter: Edmund J., Jr., and Eleanor. Dr. Leach is a charter member of King City Post of the American Legion, of which he was vice commander; and he is a past commander of Salinas Post, No. 31, of the Legion. He belongs to Santa Lucia chapter, No. 97, of the Native Sons of the Golden West; and he is a Grand Knight of the Salinas Council, No. 1948, of the Knights of Columbus. Dr. Leach is a director of the Salinas Chamber of Commerce; and he is a member and the secretary of the Salinas Rotary Club. All in all, because Dr. Leach has accomplished so much the Monterey county public could not fail to appreciate his coming here, or fail to give him the right hand of fellowship.

Source: History of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, California : cradle of California's history and romance : dating from the planting of the cross of Christendom upon the shores of Monterey Bay by Fr. Junipero Serra, and those intrepid adventurers who accompanied him, down to the present day. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1925, 890 pgs.