LESLIE  SANSOM

The Brady Standard
18 April 1978

     A son of Lena (Alexander) and T. L. Sansom, he married in September 1919, Miss Katie Young.
The following is an account of the 90th birthday celebration of Mrs. Sansom:
    Mrs. Leslie C. Sansom, the former Miss Katie Young, sister of the late Miss Emma Young, observed her 90th birthday at the Sansoms' temporary home, 980 Lingleville Road, Stephenville on March 25.
    In addition to telephone calls, visits, flowers and other gifts, Mrs. Sansom received a shower of birthday greetings from her many friends.  Her most unexpected greeting came from President and Mrs. Gerald R. Ford.
    Mr. and Mrs. Sansom have lived many years in Rochelle, where she was a member of the Rochelle Baptist Church, and he has served as a deacon more than 50 years.
    They are living temporarily in Stephenville in order to be near their daughter, Mrs. Charles (Emagene) Haenisch, who teaches in the Huckabay School, Erath County, and her husband, Charles Haenisch, who is project coordinator of the Leon-Bosque Resource Conservation and Development Project with the Soil Conversation Service.  They live in Stephenville.
    The Sansoms have another daughter, Mrs. C. W. (Leona) Williams, a teacher in the Three Rivers, Mich., school system.  They also reared two of Mrs. Sansom's nieces, Mrs. Irvin (Ada) Marshall, and Mrs. Ben (Ida) Lovelace, both of whom are deceased.
    Mr. Sansom, a former student at Howard Payne College, a veteran of World War I, having served in France, and a 32nd Degree Mason, was for a number of years a member of the Rochelle School Board.
    In that capacity, one of the many teachers, whom he helped to elect to a seven-year term as teacher of English is Miss Laurie Barfoot, now retired and living at their home in Stephenville with her brother, Jackson.  After serving as a teacher of English 42 years, seven of which were in Rochelle, 1929-1936, and 24 of which were in Brady High School, 1937-1961, Miss Barfoot retired in 1971 from the Canyon High School, Comal County Independent School District, New Braunfels.
    During part of these years in CCISD, Miss Barfoot's principal was William O. (Bill) Mann, whom she taught in Brady High School and with whose parents, Mr. and Mrs. Duke Mann, she had lived a number of years ago.
    Miss Barfoot spend the afternoon of Mrs. Sansom's birthday reading aloud each of her greetings.  They would explain from whom each card had come, but very little explanation was needed, as it was like reading a roster of Miss Barfoot's friends, some of whom are former pupils.
    The Sansoms were married 1919 upon his return from World War I.  They miss their friends in McCulloch County and hope to return home soon.  They "live" to hear from or receive visits from their friends.

    The Brady Standard
     18 April, 1875
    Mr. Sansom's military service began in August 1917, in the Air Service.  He was stationed, at least a part of the time overseas, at Columbe Les Belles, near Tule, France.
    Leslie was an air mechanic, and the test of his faith in the air-worthiness of the planes he serviced was in his willingness to ride in them afterward.  The pilot of a plane, to satisfy himself in this area, would take the mechanic for a short flight.
    (Postscript: Mr. Sansom died 11 February 1976)
    McCulloch County History  Vol. I
Compiled by Wayne Spiller
Submitted by: Louann Hall