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Louis Leonpacher Journals
Collection 76
Leonpacher, Luitpold “Louis” (1890-1960). Journals, 1908-1920; correspondence and documents, 1912-1914, 1919-1921, n.d.
1 ft., 3 inches
Dr. Louis Leonpacher was born 25 February 1890 in Traunstein, Bavaria . He graduated from the University of Munich in 1914 with a degree in veterinary medicine. He died at his home in Lafayette on 5 September 1960 after a brief illness.

Following his military service in Germany, he was vacationing in Canada before returning to Germany to open his veterinary practice when World War I broke out. Not wishing to be interned by the Canadians he went to the United States which had not yet entered the war. He first went to Houston then New Orleans and Baton Rouge where he remained until 1926. He then came to Lafayette because he wanted to do veterinary work in Southwest Louisiana.

Leonpacher was one of the early aviators in Lafayette. He began flying in 1931 and received his pilot's licence in 1940. He became known as the “Flying Vet”. His wife also began flying in 1931 and was the third woman in Louisiana to obtain a pilot's licence.

This collection consists of journals that cover the years between 1908 and 1920 in Europe, Canada, and the United States. These handwritten journals, mainly in German, are illustrated with photographs taken by Leonpacher. They also contain some correspondence and other added items.

This collection was donated by Leonpacher's widow, Mrs. John Doba, and son Robert J. Leonpacher.
Box 1
1-01 Journal I : 1908 - 1912
1-02 Journal II: 1912-1914; includes photographs
1-03 Letterbook, correspondence, scrapbook: 1919-1921, n.d.
    also postcards, illustrations
1-04 Correspondence and documents: 1912-1914
Box 2
2-01 Journal III: 1915; includes photographs
Box 3
3-01 Journal IV: 1916-1919; includes photographs

Document last revised Tuesday, March 12, 2013 10:56 AM

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