Tombstone Tuesday: Leo Leroy and Pansy Mae (Willey) Hagel – Briston, Montana


Leo Leroy and Pansy Mae (Willey) Hagel, husband and wife, are buried in the Briston Cemetery in Beaverhead County, Montana – near the area called Big Hole.  They were born in different places and their families made their way to Montana in the late 1890’s for different reasons.

Leo Leroy Hagel

Leo Leroy Hagel was born on January 21, 1888 in Limestone, Peoria County, Illinois to parents Franklin Charles and Matilda (Harris) Hagel, their second oldest child of ten.  Leo’s father was a Doctor of Osteopathy as noted in the Lewis County, Idaho telephone directory in 1912 and various census records.   The 1900 census referred to Frank as a “Magnetic Healer” – the practice of magnetic healing being a forerunner to chiropractic medicine.


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  1. Well this gave me a start. My grandfather died in the railroad yard in Fulton KY in 1916…his name was Lego Leonard, but his first name was possibly LeRoy…..been to his grave, have a doc where the marker was ordered, …..just a few tidbits of his life…mom was only 6 months old when he died. He had a half sister named Pansey….loved this story anyway!

    • Wow that is close in name …. glad you enjoyed the article!


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