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Leiter - David Felts' Column IN LANCASTER, Calif.,...
David Felts' Column IN LANCASTER, Calif., earlier earlier this month died Marguerite, Marguerite, dowager Countess of Suffolk Suffolk and Berkshire. She was 89 and had made her home in Tucson, Arizona. Her husband, the 19th Earl of Suffolk and the 12th Earl of Berkshire, was killed in action in the First World Their eldest son, Charles Henry George Howard, who ; had succeeded to the earldoms, earldoms, was killed in action in World War I. The dowager countess was 'the former Marguerite Hyde Leiter, daughter of Levi Leit-er, Leit-er, Leit-er, the Chicago merchant who operated extensive coal mine properties in Southern Illinois. An older daughter of Levi Leiter had married Lord Cur-zon Cur-zon Cur-zon who became viceroy of India. India. It was while visiting her sister in India that Marguerite, Marguerite, called Daisy by her friends, met young Lord Howard, Howard, whose earldom dates back to 1603. ' ' Levi Leiter had been a member member of the firm of retailers which was the predecessor of Marshall Field and Co. One of the Leiter properties on South State Street in Chicago is leased leased by Sears, Roebuck and Co. Levi Leiter and his son Joseph, Joseph, educated at St: Paul's and Harvard, owned 7,500 acres of coal lands in Franklin Franklin County in the early years of this century. Levi Leiter died in 1904, just as the company's first mine at Ziegler began to hoist coal. Almost Almost immediately there were troubles with union organizers and open violence followed. The story is told in detail in Dr. Paul Angle's authoritative work, "Bloody Williamson." The Letters had troubles among themselves, for Levi Leiter had left an estate of $30 million and the court suits involved involved not only differences with labor unions, but differences differences among members of the family.

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  1. The Decatur Herald,
  2. 26 Mar 1968, Tue,
  3. Page 6

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