1914 Carl 2010

Carl Leland

August 25, 1914 — December 4, 2010

On December 4, 2010, Carl Baum Leland, age 96, died after a long residency at the Lutheran Homes in Clinton, NY. Mr. Leland, second son of Issac Leland and Louise Baum Leland, was a descendent of Col. Joshua Leland and his wife Waitstill who, in 1793, were among the earliest settlers in the Chenango Valley. He grew up in Hamilton, NY in a family of village merchants, which influenced the course of his life.
After graduating from Colgate University in 1937, he traveled throughout Northern New York on behalf of the CIT Corporation, which provided financing to car dealers. During the War Years from 1942 to 1945, he was responsible for coordinating transportation for 8,000 employees of the Massena Works of the Aluminum Company of America. With the end of gas rationing and the resumption of domestic automobile and truck production in 1946, Mr. Leland opened his first business, Leland Motors, in Massena. The business specialized in the servicing of all vehicles and the sale of heavy duty Ford snow plow trucks to local villages and townships. In 1948, he bought the Ford dealership in Canton, NY, where he moved the snow plow business and his young family. Two years later, he bought the Ford dealership in Ogdensburg and continued to operate both dealerships for several years until the Canton business was sold. Mr. Leland operated the Ogdensburg dealership until its sale in 1964, after which he and family moved to Fayetteville, NY. He owned and operated the Ford dealership in Cazenovia, NY from 1965 until his retirement as a business owner in 1976. His selling passion was for trucks, especially those equipped to handle the heavy winter snows of Upstate New York.
Mr. Leland was an historian with a particular interest in writing about the stories and legends of Madison County and other places in Central and Northern New York. In his later years, he recounted numerous stories about historical events and people in articles published in the Mid-York Weekly. He was an organizer of and regular contributor to the writers’ club at the Fayetteville Seniors Center.
Mr. Leland is predeceased by brothers, Darwin and Dexter; former wife, Eleanor Onofrey; and daughter, Constance Ann. He is survived by three children, Robert of Washington, DC; Lawrence of Manlius, NY; and Natalie Kinsella-Flatt of East Syracuse, NY. He is also survived by ten grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.
The interment of ashes is planned for spring 2011 in the Pine Woods family cemetery near Hamilton, NY.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, Morrisville, NY.
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