Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


A wide-awake progressive representative of the important automobile industry is Michael J. Leonard, the junior member of the firm of Messrs, Marks & Leonard, at 120 Front street, Santa Cruz, agents for the dependable and celebrated Cadillac and Buick cars. He was born in Ireland, a son of Neal and Bridget Leonard. He crossed the ocean at the early age of six years, being adopted by his uncle, Michael Leonard, famous for his charities, who had come to the United States in 1851 and had settled in Massachusetts, where he engaged in business. Coming to California, our subject attended a parochial school in Santa Cruz and later entered the University of Santa Clara. At the outbreak of the World war, he enlisted in the army of his adopted country, joining the Engineering Corps, with which he served in France. Gn being honorably discharged, he returned to America and in Santa Cruz joined an engineering crew, following the profession of engineering until 1922, when he bought an interest in his present business.

The widely known firm of Marks & Leonard not only have the agency for the popular Buick car, an enviable business opportunity in itself, but they sell the Cadillac automobile as well, and as might be expected, they boast of one of the finest garages in the state to meet the demands of a superior and an ever increasing patronage. They have established a reputation for strictly first-class workmanship, and owners of any cars can always depend upon getting at this garage that particular attention and careful, conscientious labor so imperative for the upkeep of an expensive outfit. Those who once try the garage service of Marks & Leonard never fail to return, if they can and that speaks for itself. The remarkable record of the Buick for increasing vogue adds considerable interest to the story of this firm's successful ventures, while there is still a kind of magic about the name Cadillac.

Mr. Leonard married Miss Carmel Lemmermann, a gifted native daughter. He is a democrat in politics and fraternally is a member of the Elks and also belongs to the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

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.