Joseph Leavitt - By his sister Emma L. Broadbent from "The Life of Thomas Rowell Leavitt and his Descendants" published 1975
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Joseph was a happy, jovial person who felt it was his responsibility to take care of his two young sisters, Emma and Sarah. Like his brother, Tom he didn't take an interest in steady girl-friends or dancing. He loved sports and never missed a celebration. I wanted him to date one of my best girl-friends. He said, "If I can sneak up on the blind side of Ela's father, maybe I can get up enough courage to ask her for a date." He was a member of Leavitt's U.F. A. Brass Band. He joined the services in World War I. Here are a few statements from a letter I received in 1918. Sarcee Camp, August 8th, 1918. "I received your letter and was certainly pleased to hear from you. Say now, Leavitt isn't so slow after all. I wish I was down there to help eat those oysters. I have recollections of devouring those little animals before. Excuse the scrawl, I'm holding the tablet in my hand. I'm here in a thing they call a hospital. Last Friday afternoon one of the instructors told me I was the best man in the squad and it went to my head. I was on guard that night and the swelling left my head and went to my tonsils. The next day when I was introduced to the Duke of Connaught, it turned to my stomach and I nearly vomited on him. I'm feeling better but am not out yet. I expect to be out soon. Be good to the kids and yourselves." Your Ever Loving Brother, Joseph. He came home during the hunting season on his last leave before going overseas. While out hunting the gun discharged accidentally. He was rushed to the Doctor in Cardston where they removed all the pellets from the meaty part of his hip, but he died of shock 31 October, 1918. What a terrible shock this was for the family and the community. There were no public gatherings held due to Spanish influenza. We all made masks made of cheese cloth saturated with eucalyptus. The graveside service was held at the Leavitt Ward Cemetery.