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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Dr. Leo J. Flanagan

"Leo Joseph Flanagan, South San Francisco; Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. 1911; aged 32; formerly a member of the Medical Society of the State of California; died in St. Mary's Hospital, San Francisco, June 11, from pneumonia."

The above was found in a medical journal online dated around 1918.  I also found the following online about Dr. Leo J. Flanagan:

Dr. Leo J. Flanagan - The History of San Mateo County 1916

"DR. Leo J. Flanagan, one of the county's well-known physicians and surgeons, is located in South San Francisco where he has been practicing for the past year. Before moving into this county Dr. Flanagan had a large practice in San Francisco.

Dr. Flanagan is another of the young professional men who has been attracted to San Mateo County by the wonderful opportunities that the future holds. He sees a great period of growth and prosperity ahead for South San Francisco and his confidence in this era of development was such that he gave up a flourishing practice in San Francisco to come into this territory comparatively unknown and establish himself.

Dr. Flanagan is a native of California. He was born at Napa on August 6, 1885 where he took the first steps in preparation for his professional career. After graduating from Santa Clara College Dr. Flanagan finished the medical course at Johnstown (Georgetown) University at Washington, D. C. For several years he was resident physician at St. Mary's Hospital and Mary's Help Hospital in San Francisco and was also with the San Francisco emergency service.

Dr. Flanagan has many fraternal connections. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Eagles, the Redmen and the Foresters. He was married in Portland in 1913."

Source:  San Mateo County History

I don't have to wonder much about who Leo Joseph Flanagan was.  He was Patrick and Kate Flanagan's youngest child, born in August of 1885, in Napa, California.  The Flanagan Letters make reference to Leo and Richard being college educated.  In fact, Kate herself lived in San Francisco while her young sons were in school.

In the 1900 U.S. Census, I find Leo living in Napa, California at age 14 with the rest of his family on the farm.  I find Leo in the 1910 U.S. Census living in Washington, D.C. as a medical student.  I find him in the Directory of Deceased American Physicians, 1804-1929.  His medical specialty was "allopath".

Leo died at only age 32.  Based I what I have found, he was married on June 1, 1913 to Florence Carlson.   Florence and Leo did not have any children.  I am assuming that Florence went on to marry someone else.  What a sad story for someone who had such a bright future.

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