This digital collection contains the papers of Walter Eugene Leach (1857-1983), a Racine, Wisconsin, historian and curator of the Racine County Museum. Included are biographical materials on notable Racine residents and Leach’s writings on Racine County history, including chapters of his unpublished manuscript “The Story of Racine County, a History.” There are also records of the Racine Senate, 1844-1851, and the Racine Relief Association, 1883-1898.
Walter Eugene Leach was born in Excelsior, Minnesota, on September 15, 1857, and died in Racine on December 7, 1938. He graduated from the Racine High School. During World War I, he was secretary and an executive member of Local Draft Board No. 1. Aside from his war interests, he was an active member of the Roosevelt Memorial Association. From 1933 to just prior to his death, Leach was curator of the Racine County Museum. Leach married Eva A. Roberts in 1882 and after her death he married Katherine M. Eager in 1892. He had two children.