Leo Vandegaer Sabine Parish, Louisiana
was born December 21, 1859, in the town of Many. His parents
were John B. and Maria (Buvens) Vandegaer, natives of Belgium,
who immigrated to America with their parents in the early '50s.
has lived in Many all his life, received his education at St.
Charles College, Grand Coteau, Louisiana. For several years he
was engaged in the mercantile business with his father, and
after the latter's death succeeded him as postmaster at Many and
still retains that position, and is also editor of the Sabine
He has served
in several public positions, and has contributed as much as
anyone citizen to the upbuilding of the parish, On June 3, 1886,
he was married to Jennie, daughter of Dr. T. W. Abington, one
child being born to them, Maggie.
His wife died
in 1887, and on September 4, 1889, he was married to Miss Emma
Currie of Shreveport, and to their union four children were
born, Eula, Mary, Annie Claire and Leo Jr., the young ladies
having completed their education in splendid academies, while
Leo Jr., is a student at his father's alma mater, St. Charles
Source: History of Sabine Parish,
Louisiana, by John G. Belisle, Sabine Banner Press, 1913.