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Leon Asbury Harsh

Harsh_LeonLeon Asbury Harsh was the son of Wilson Elmer & Kate (Westfall) Harsh, born in Butte, Montana, on August 7, 1890. He was one of four children, the others being Lucile, Edith, Elma, and Wendell.  The Harsh family moved to Ohio, and then established a home in on Walnut Street, in Brookville, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania, shortly after 1900. 

Mr. Harsh attended the local schools, being an apt pupil.  In his high school years, he was involved in sports, playing on both the baseball and basketball school teams, as well the "town" baseball team and the YMCA basketball team.  Graduating from Brookville High School in 1910, he chose journalism as his life's work, and attended the University of Kansas, and graduating from that school in 1915.  While at the college, he was a member of the staff of the "Daily Kansan" and Editor in Chief of the "Jayhawker", the college annual for the student body.  

After graduating from college, his first position was on "The Minneapolis Tribune" in 1916.  He then accepted a position in Pittsburgh, for the "Chronicle-Telegraph" writing on that staff, until his health failed and he returned to Brookville in 1917 to recuperate.  Later in 1917, he moved to Louisana, and took a position with the staff of "The New Orleans Item". 

Mr. Harsh died in New Orleans, Louisiana, on January 27, 1921, from complications of Bright's Disease, and was buried in the Brookville Cemetery on February 1, 1921.  He was never married.  

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