Courtesy of "Links to the Past" website. (Mar. 2006)
History of the Great Lakes, Vol. 2 by J.B. Mansfield Published Chicago: J.H. Beers & Co. 1899.
L. Sleno, a marine engineer of the first class, was born in Oakville, Ontario,
June 20, 1850, son ofJoseph and Eleanor Sleno. He removed with his parents to
the United States in 1857, the family locating in Saginaw, Mich., where the father,
who was a machinist, opened a shop which he conducted up to the time of his death,
in 1879. The mother died in 1894. Mr. Sleno’s oldest brother, Talbert, is a
practicing physician of Jackson, Mich. His other brothers are Charles and Samuel,
the latter of whom is a millwright.
After a few years’ attendance at the public schools Leonard Sleno, then a well grown lad of thirteen years, enlisted, in January, 1863, in the Twenty-seventh Mich.
V. I., his regiment being at that time incorporated with the Ninth Army Corps. He
joined his command in the field, participated in the battle of Halls Gap and many
skirmishes, and was with General Burnside at the siege of Knoxville, Tenn. After
the siege was raised he crossed the Cumberland mountains with his regiment, which
was afterward made a component part of the Army of the Potomac and took an honorable
part in the battles of the Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor, North Ann River,
and the operations before Petersburg. During the hottest part of the engagement at
PetersburgMr. Sleno received a serious and painful wound through the right shoulder
which incapacitated him for further service, and from the effects of which he has
never recovered. He was taken to the Howard hospital, in Washington, where he was
confined four months, at the end of that time receiving his honorable discharge
from the army on account of his wound, and returning home he again took up his
studies at the public school.
In 1866 Mr. Sleno entered the employ of Mr. McKenzie, of Saginaw City, to learn
the machinist’s trade, afterward going to work in a blacksmith shop with his father.
In the spring of 1868 he was appointed engineer of the tug Barleycorn, subsequently
serving in the same capacity in various tugs on the Saginaw river — notably the
Prairie Flower, Emma, Elizabeth White, Star No. 1, Challenge, Witch of the West,
Fannie Tuthill and Kate Fletcher — until 1878, when he entered the employ of Capt.
B. Boutell as engineer of the tug Dixon. He followed with a season in the tug
Sol S. Rumage, and in the spring of 1880 was appointed chief engineer of the lake
tug Ella Smith, running her four seasons and transferring to the Peter Smith also
as chief engineer, holding that berth another four seasons. In the spring of 1888
Mr. Sleno took charge of the steamer tug Traveler, formerly the Chief Justice
Fields, and ran her three seasons. He then stopped ashore about a year to do repair
work to the machinery of the line, after which he was appointed chief engineer of
the large tug Winslow, retaining that position two seasons. In the spring of 1894
he was again placed in the Traveler, and after two years on her as chief, was
transferred to the Winslow for two seasons. During the winter months of each year
he is employed on repair work to the various tugs of the line and during the winter
of 1897-98 he was engaged in overhauling the machinery of the notable tug Sweepstakes,
which he takes charge of as chief engineer. By industry and thrift and the help of
his wife Mr. Sleno has acquired quite a block of improved real estate in West Bay
City, and a fine farm in Bangor township, about one-half mile west of town.
Mr. Sleno was married on December 23, 1871, to Miss Mary J., daughter of Robert
and Hannah Hough. Their only daughter, Blanche, has attended the public schools of
West Bay City, and graduated with the class of 1898. The family homestead is on the
farm adjacent toWest Bay City. Fraternally Mr. Sleno is a Master Mason, belonging
to Winona Lodge, West Bay City; a charter member of the Marine Engineers Beneficial
Association No. 27; a member of the Knights of the Maccabees, and one of the youngest
members of the Grand Army of the Republic.
Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. (Feb. 2007)
Saginaw Daily News -- December 9, 1914 (Page 3)
Sleno -- Lenoard Sleno died at his home, 401 North Wenona avenue, Bay City, Dec. 2. He was born in London, Ont., 65 years ago and while a child moved with his parents to Mt. Clemens, Mich. When eight years old he moved to Saginaw, where he received his education. While he was living in Saginaw the civil war broke out and Mr. Sleno enlisted, being one of the youngest men in the Union army to carry a musket. He was 14 years old when he joined Co. F, of the mounted infantry of the 27th Michigan. He was wounded in the battle of Gettysburg and was confined to an army hospital for 18 months. Upon convalescing he was given a discharge and then returned to Saginaw where in 1889 he marriedMiss Mary Hough of this city. Later Later the couple moved to Bay City, Mr. Sleno being employed as a marine engineer. He later went into service with the Smith & Boutell company and for 26 years was chief engineer of their fleet of lake tugs. Four years ago he retired from active service after a serious illiness.
Boutell, Benjamin Capt.
Hough, Hanna Mrs.
Hough, Mary J.
Sleno, Eleanor Mrs.
Sleno, Leonard (bio.)
9th Army Corps
27th Michigan, Co. F.
Army of the Potomac
North Ann River
Grand Army of Republic
Knights of Maccabees
London, Ont., Canada
Marine Eng. Benefial Assoc.
Mt. Clemens, MI
Oakville, Ont., Canada
Saginaw City, MI
Smith & Boutell Co.
Chief Justice Fields
Sol S Rumage
Star No. 1
Witch of the West
West Bay City, MI
Link to the Past Online book, "History of the Great Lakes," Vols. 1 & 2, by J.B. Mansfield.