Person:Cora Leach (4)

m. 31 Jan 1900
  1. Shirley Buford Leach1900 - 1925
  2. Edith Maria Leach1903 - 1993
  3. Cora Mabel Leach, R.N.1906 - 1995
  4. Ruby Lenora Leach1915 - 1987
m. 5 Apr 1931
Facts and Events
Name[1][2][3] Cora Mabel Leach, R.N.
Alt Name Peggy Leach
Married Name Peggy Mason
Gender Female
Birth[1][2][3][4] 11 Feb 1906 Penobscot, Hancock, Maine, United States
Residence[2] 1920 Penobscot, Hancock, Maine, United States
Graduation? abt 1926 Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts, United StatesHale Hospital Nurse Training
Residence[3] 1930 Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Marriage 5 Apr 1931 Plaistow, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United Statesto James Clayton Mason
Death[1][4] 5 Jun 1995 Clearwater, Pinellas, Florida, United States
Burial[4] North Conway Cemetery, North Conway, Caroll, New Hampshire, United StatesMason Lot

Cora Leach was born in Penobscot, Maine. She spent her early years there, as her Dad, Buford, was working in the local brick making industry. Later on, Buford got work as a gardener on Islesboro at the vacation retreat of the Marshall Field Family ("The Field Cottage"). The job on Islesboro was a resident position, so the entire family moved to quarters on the grounds of the estate. Cora therefore went to Islesboro High School.

Cora was apparently very attached to her older brother Shirley, who passed away quite young as a result of Leukemia. She often told a story that she remembered Shirley and some other men going to the mainland to get mail, using a boat set upon a sled (the bay had iced over). Throughout her life she often spoke of Shirley and never lost her sadness over his loss.

After High School, Cora went to Haverhill, Massachusetts to learn nursing at the Hale Hospital. She did additional training at Boston Eye and Ear, which she was always very proud of. After graduating from that program, she went immediately into private nursing in Haverhill, for a wealthy woman who was assaulted in her home and left severely injured. After a time, as a result of her injuries, that woman passed on. This may have been in the Rock's Village area of town. Also at this time, she acquired the nick-name "Peggy", from someone who employed her in private practice. This nick-name stayed with her for life.

Around the time she was first nursing, Cora became friendly with Ruth Ramsey. Ruth was seeing Harry Mason, and this resulted in Cora being introduced to Harry's brother Clayton. Cora and Clayton eventually married in Plaistow before moving to Conway.

In Conway, Cora was a fairly important person, being a registered nurse. She worked with Dr Shedd at the memorial hospital on surgeries that, for the time, were quite innovative. The skiing equipment of that time was notorious for causing spiral fractures and otherwise destroying legs. Dr Shedd either innovated, or was an early adopter, of the practice of putting bones back together surgically inserted with metal bands. Today, screws are used, but this was cutting edge stuff in the 1930s.

Cora continued working at the hospital in Conway until the late 50s, early 60s. At that time, she cut over to private practice again for a wealthy elderly gentleman who was in severe decline. He seemed to be suffering from some sort of age-related dementia. The Man's name was Wellman, and he is known to have written some published poetry. When he passed away after a couple years, she finished for good.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Florida Death Index, 1877-1998. (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004.Original data - State of Florida. Florida Death Index, 1877-1998. Florida: Florida Department of Health, Office of Vital Records, 1998.Original data: State of Florida. Florida Death I).

    Name: Cora Mable Mason
    Birth Date: 11 Feb 1906
    Birth Place:
    Death Date: 5 Jun 1995
    Death Place: Pinellas, Florida, United States

  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 United States. 1920 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (National Archives Microfilm Publication T625), Year: 1920; Census Place: Penobscot, Hancock, Maine; Roll: T625_643; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 25; Image: 171.

    Name: Cora M Leach
    Birth Date: abt 1907
    Birth Place: Maine
    Residence Date: 1920
    Residence Place: Penobscot, Hancock, Maine

  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States. 1930 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (National Archives Microfilm Publication T626), Year: 1930; Census Place: Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts; Roll: 897; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 74; Image: 304.0.

    Name: Cora M Leach
    Birth Date: abt 1906
    Birth Place: Maine
    Residence Date: 1930
    Residence Place: Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts

  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Conway Public Library. Conway, Carroll, New Hampshire, United States - Cemetary Lookup, Mason, Cora L.

    Mason Cora L 1906 1995 North Conway

  5.   Cora Mabel Leach Mason, in Find A Grave.
  6.   Mason, James R. Interview with Cora Leach, 1976.
  7.   United States, New Hampshire, Carroll. 1940 US Census Population Schedule, Family Search Image.
  8.   St. Petersburg Times. (St. Petersburg, Florida), 6 Jun 1995.

    "MASON, CORA L., 89, of Clearwater, died Monday (June 5, 1995) at Manor Care Dunedin nursing home. She was born in Maine and came here in 1973 from Conway, N.H. She worked as a nurse at Memorial Hospital, North Conway, N.H. Survivors include her husband, James C.; a son, Robert L., Reading, Mass.; a grandchild; and two great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes, Dunedin Chapel.

    St. Petersburg Times (FL), June 6, 1995"