Leo Salkeld Sowerby

Male1 May 1895–1968

Brief Life History of Leo Salkeld

Leo Salkeld Sowerby was born on 1 May 1895, in Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, United States. He lived in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States for about 30 years. He registered for military service in 1919. He died in 1968, in Port Clinton, Ottawa, Ohio, United States, at the age of 73, and was buried in District of Columbia, United States.

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John Sowerby
Mary Hennink
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Leo Salkeld Sowerby

Sources (16)

  • Leo Sowerby in household of John Sowerby, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Leo Salkeld Sowerby, "Michigan Births, 1867-1902"
  • Leo Sowerby, "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918"

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World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 1

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

1897 · The Union Loop Elevated

Age 2

The Loop was born in political scandal that combined the three elevated railways around Chicago and combined them into one. The scandal was to raise the fares for commuters so state legislators could receive more money while in office. 

1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 21

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places in northern England called Sowerby, including Sowerby Bridge (Yorkshire), Castle Sowerby (Cumberland), Brough and Temple Sowerby (Westmorland), Sowerby and Sowerby under Cotcliffe (North Yorkshire), and Sowerby near Inskip and Sowerby Hall in Dalton (Lancashire). The placenames derive from Old Norse saurr ‘mud, sour ground’ + ‘farmstead, village’. Placenames of identical origin are also found in Scotland (as Sorbie in Ayrshire, Dumfriesshire, and Wigtownshire, as Soroba in Argyll, and as Soroby on Tiree); also on the Isle of Man (as Surby).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Leo Sowerby Biography

Sowerby was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he began to compose at the age of ten. His interest in the organ began at the age of 15, he was self-taught at the instrument. He studied composition …

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