Mrs Earl Leage Reunited with her children Page 6, Columns 1 - 5
4~Evefiing News, Pert Angeles, Wash., Sunday, January 4, 1970 Mother is reunited with lonq lost SOn W Bv Mrs. Earl Leage Is a very happy woman* She and her husband nave Just returned from Belllngharn where they spent the holidays with her son, Harold Nason, whom she had not seen for 28 years. Last month the 30.year-old man finally made contact with his mother after many years of futile searching. He Is one of four children she was separated from when she was hospitalized with a broken broken back after an Injury years ago. She and her husband were divorced and he took the children children until they were able to support themselves but they never could learn what had hap. Pened to their mother. She had worked In Burlen for some time after leaving the hospital hospital but was unable to trace her children. Friends there tried to help her and her second husband, a fisherman, learn the whereabouts whereabouts of the children but It was not until the end of this past year that they had any luck. "My husband had been a fisherman fisherman here the past 50 years, moving from port to port In fishing season. You don't keep In contact with people that way," Mrs. Leage says. One day she got a phone call from a man who said he was her son and was coming here on a Sunday afternoon to see her at the boat haven where she and her husband were living living on their boat, "Leonore III." "He said he promised him. self as a youngster that he'd never give up hunting for me till he found me. He phoned his sister In Ohio, a brother, Fred, In Utah and brother, Arthur, Arthur, In California. We all plan to get together and I'm so excited, excited, I can't get over It." .It was Mrs. Leage's daugh- ter-ln-law, Pat, In Belllngham who finally arranged the breakthrough breakthrough by contacting people who remembered the family and knew of Mrs. Leage's remarriage remarriage and name changing. "We just got through cele- bratlng Earl's 30th birthday before before coming back here and I just can't catch my breath from Mr. and Mrs. Earl Leage (seated) are photographed with her son, Harold Nason, his wife and family, after 28 years all the excitement. He works at an aluminum plant at Fern- union. of separation. Nason holds Laura, 3, and the Leages hold Gerald, 6 months, and Leslie, 6. getting their 50 ft. boat ready other children face to face. Plans are under way to get to take off for the fishing out The telephone has been won- dale and has a wonderful fam- together with her other chll- of LaPush. ily. Pat's uncle took a picture of us all to celebrate the re- derful as a beginning for the dren In the future but right When the season Is over Mrs. complete family reunion she now she and her husband are Leage may be able to see her hopes 1970 has in store for her.