Leon's maternal great great grandparents Elizabeth (Roy) Granger and David Granger, hear explanation.
The Grangers' daughter—Leon's maternal great grandmother Elizabeth (Granger) Bergeron and Leon's great grandfather Alexis Bergeron.
A later picture of Alexis Bergeron. As a young French-Canadian immigrant, Alexis Bergeron worked for Noel LeVasseur in Bourbonnais Grove, Illinois as a courier on the Hubbard Trail.
Above is the Bergeron family homestead and farm located on St. George Road in Kankakee County, Illinois. Leon's grandmother Sophia is sitting on the porch with her artwork (hear cousin Mimi Raiche's explanation).
Above is the Bergeron family homestead and farm located on St. George Road in Kankakee County, Illinois.
In this early 1900s photograph are Leon's grandmother Sophia (Bergeron) Fortin and her three daughters Genevieve on bottom left, and next to her Marie Ange "Angie" (Leon's mother), and Florence on the right, hear explanation.
A 1920s photograph of Leon's mother Marie Ange "Angie" (Fortin) Issert who was a teacher in Chicago and Sioux City, Iowa, hear explanation.
In the mid 1930s photo, Leon is pictured with his sister Therese and baby brother Victor in baby buggy, hear explanation.
Leon-on left—and his brother Victor photographed in 1939, hear explanation.
Leon's 1945 grade school graduation picture from Notre Dame Academy in Bourbonnais, Illinois. Leon is second from the left in back row, hear explanation.
In the 1953 photograph at left are—from left to right—Leon's cousin Celeste Raiche, mother Angie, cousin Mary Louise Juaber (Bergeron) Fortin, baby cousin Ken, and cousin Marion Francis (James) Stevens. The photograph was taken at Stanford University in California, hear explanation.
The mid-1950s photograph at right depicts Leon's father Jules, Leon's sister Therese, and Leon in front of their Peotone, Illinois farm home, hear explanation.
The light cruiser Manchester (CL 83)—docked in Japan—Leon's first assignment for 18 months as a gunnery officer in the navy, hear explanation.
Leon—far left—onboard his next naval assignment, the aircraft carrier Boxer docked in a Japanese harbor, hear explanation.
In this photograph taken in San Carlos, California are—from left to right—Leon's young cousin Ken, mother Angie (Fortin) Issert, father Jules Issert, cousin-by-marriage Ken, cousin Marion Francis (James) Stevens, and young cousin Jerry, hear explanation.
The baptism of Leon's daughter Nicole in early 1976—from left to right, Leon's brother Tony, Leon's sister-in-law [Rosellen's sister] Suzanne, Father Erickson, Leon's wife Rosellen, and Leon, hear explanation.
Leon's daughter Elizabeth and at right is Leon's Nicole, hear explanation.
A Photograph of Leon's sister Therese Delphine (Issert) Larocca, hear explanation.
A Photograph of Leon's sister Therese Delphine (Issert) Larocca.
This "filling silo" photograph was taken at a farm in rural Bourbonnais, Illinois—from left to right are Leon's brother-in-law Frank Garnier, Vernon Lesage, "Shorty" Lang, William Trudeau, Leon, and Claude Trudeau—who owned the farm, hear explanation.
Leon with his second cousin Mimi Raiche. Leon's maternal grandmother, Sophia Bergeron, and Mimi's maternal grandmother, Mariah Genevieve Bergeron, were sisters. This photograph was taken on January 13, 2006.