Brenton Archibald McLeod
b: 8 OCT 1900
d: 22 NOV 1968
!SOURCE: Scott Richard McLeod,
[The following biographical narrative is based upon information gleaned
from the Brenton McLeod Family Tree, and interviews with Brenton
Archibald McLeod''s son, Thomas James McLeod.]
Brenton was born and raised in a rural farm community called Tintah
Township in Traverse County Minnesota. When his family relocated to St.
Paul Minnesota, he remained in Tintah. He took a job with a railroad.
Seeing first hand the way companies treated their employees at the
time, this is where he became a very "pro-union" worker. This opinion
changed slowly over his life as unions changed and he felt that became
as bad as the companies they were created to fight.
With the divorce of his parents, Brenton joined his family in St. Paul to
offer financial and emotional support for the family. Brenton''s son Tom
recalls that he believes Brenton had desired to go to the seminary and
join the ministry. This is a dream we was forced to give up with his
parents divorce.
Brenton graduated from St. Paul College Of Law in St. Paul Minnesota
Brenton met his wife Frances at a State of Minnesota office where they
both worked. He joined Dick Reynolds to start a law firm named
"Reynolds and McLeod" specializing in workman''s compensation. When
Dick Reynolds died of a heart attack, Brenton brought a new lawyer
named Kirt Gillmoore into the company and they became "McLeod and
Gillmoore". Brenton''s legal practice continued to specialize in worker
compensation. He represented some 30 or more insurance companies in
workman''s compensation issues.
In October of 1961, Brenton and Frances were seriously injured in a car
accident. While driving home from the Lost Spur Supper Club, a
malfunction in the steering of their car caused them to loose control and
drive into a barrier. Brenton suffered a very serious head injury. Frances
broke most of the bones in her face. Were it not for the fact that a
policeman witnessed the accident and called for help immediately, they
would likely have bleed to death. While in the Emergency Room, Brenton
suffered a heart attack. Several ribs were broken attempting to revive
him. And while he survived, the staff was so busy working on his heart,
the head wound was ignored and he wound up with a permanent scare on
his forehead after that. Frances also recovered, but reconstructive
surgery left one eye noticeably lower than the other. She frequently
wore darkening sun glasses to help hide this.
Brenton was a laid back, calm and easy type of man. I recall one
occasion with my father, while buying a car. He recalled his father
hated to negotiate for cars and he never did. His job had him haggling all
day long and he refused to do it in his free time. Frances on the other
hand, often spoke her mind easily. She may well have been the epitomy
of the "woman behind the man". My father recalls a dinner hosted at the
governors mansion that helped Brenton network his career. This was a
dinner he didn''t want to attend, but did so at the insistence of Frances.
Brenton and Frances were very active in the church. They helped form
discussion groups all through out the State of Minnesota. Brenton was
also a member of the Equestrian Order of the Knights of the Holy
  • 8 OCT 1900 - Birth - ; Fergus Falls,Minnesota
  • 22 NOV 1968 - Death - ; St. Paul,Minnesota
Archibald McLeod
1830 - 6 DEC 1917
Archibald Alexander McLeod
JUL 1855 - ABT 1943
Brenton Archibald McLeod
8 OCT 1900 - 22 NOV 1968
Esther Ann Rogers
MAR 1880 - 19 JAN 1965
Family Group Sheet - Child
PARENT (M) Archibald Alexander McLeod
BirthJUL 1855Halifax,Nova Scotia,Canada
DeathABT 1943 Halifax,Nova Scotia,Canada
Marriage22 FEB 1899to Esther Ann Rogers at Taylor Township,Minnesota
FatherArchibald McLeod
MotherAnnie Henry
PARENT (F) Esther Ann Rogers
BirthMAR 1880Wahpeton,North Dakota
Death19 JAN 1965 Chicago,Illinois
Marriage22 FEB 1899to Archibald Alexander McLeod at Taylor Township,Minnesota
MBrenton Archibald McLeod
Birth8 OCT 1900Fergus Falls,Minnesota
Death22 NOV 1968St. Paul,Minnesota
Marriage5 MAY 1925to Frances Dorothy Wattles at St. Paul,Minnesota
MChaston Harvey McLeod
Birth9 NOV 1906Tintah Township,Minnesota
Death4 JAN 1965Omaha,Nebraska
Marriage13 MAR 1937to Helen Washburn at Fargo,North Dakota
MLawrence Wallace McLeod
Birth22 APR 1902Fergus Falls,Minnesota
DeathJUL 1977Minneapolis,Minnesota
Marriage28 APR 1923to Agnes Marie Sevcik at Minnesota
Family Group Sheet - Spouse
PARENT (M) Brenton Archibald McLeod
Birth8 OCT 1900Fergus Falls,Minnesota
Death22 NOV 1968 St. Paul,Minnesota
Marriage5 MAY 1925to Frances Dorothy Wattles at St. Paul,Minnesota
FatherArchibald Alexander McLeod
MotherEsther Ann Rogers
PARENT (F) Frances Dorothy Wattles
Birth21 APR 1904Stewartville,Minnesota
Death29 SEP 1992 St. Paul,Minnesota
Marriage5 MAY 1925to Brenton Archibald McLeod at St. Paul,Minnesota
MThomas James McLeod
Birth21 JAN 1938St. Paul,Minnesota
Marriage13 MAR 1957to Barbara Joann Francis at St. Paul,Minnesota
FMyrna Joy McLeod
Birth7 JUL 1932St. Paul,Minnesota
Marriage30 JUN 1956to Richard Walter Grimes at St. Paul,Minnesota
Descendancy Chart
Brenton Archibald McLeod b: 8 OCT 1900 d: 22 NOV 1968
Frances Dorothy Wattles b: 21 APR 1904 d: 29 SEP 1992
Thomas James McLeod b: 21 JAN 1938
Barbara Joann Francis b: 8 NOV 1941
Scott Richard McLeod b: 11 FEB 1963
Susan Ann Eubank b: 25 NOV 1963
Thomas David McLeod b: 25 MAR 1989
Cassie Ann McLeod b: 7 MAY 1987
Joseph Michael McLeod b: 21 JUN 1957
Marcy Layne Bergman b: 16 AUG 1957
Molly Francis McLeod b: 13 OCT 1986
Samuel Warren McLeod b: 14 MAY 1991
Jeffery Thomas McLeod b: 19 AUG 1959
Robin Galynn Reese b: 17 JUL 1958
Brenton Reese McLeod b: 8 OCT 1993
Franklin Reese McLeod b: 29 AUG 1995
Patricia Louise McLeod b: 15 SEP 1960
Dennis Patrick Todora b: 22 MAY 1960
Dominic Joseph Todora b: 31 AUG 1991
Grace Marie Todora b: 30 JUN 1993
William John McLeod b: 24 FEB 1965
Jeanne Therese Fries b: 13 JAN 1966
Alex Joseph McLeod b: 25 SEP 1991
Lucy Elizabeth McLeod b: 24 JUL 1994
George William McLeod b: 19 MAY 1996
Elizabeth Joy McLeod b: 31 MAY 1998
Robert Anthony McLeod b: 24 FEB 1965
Danelle Kristine Wilcox b: 11 DEC 1964
Maria Margret McLeod b: 16 OCT 1991
Annie Marie McLeod b: 20 JUN 1994
Maxwell Brian McLeod b: 1 AUG 1996
Connor Robert McLeod b: 26 APR 1993 d: 26 APR 1993
Benjamin Robert McLeod b: 7 NOV 1997 d: 7 NOV 1997
Thomas James McLeod b: 6 JAN 1969
Lisa Ann McLeod b: 22 OCT 1961
John David Lofquist b: 21 NOV 1959
Robert John Lofquist b: 17 AUG 1991
Jane Elizabeth Lofquist b: 22 SEP 1993
Joseph Patrick Lofquist b: 16 MAR 1995
Katherine Claire Lofquist b: 14 JUN 1996
Myrna Joy McLeod b: 7 JUL 1932
Richard Walter Grimes b: 21 OCT 1932
Timothy Austin Grimes b: 25 MAR 1957
Mellisa Kay Grimes b: 15 MAY 1986
Michael Brent Grimes b: 12 MAY 1958
Steven Richard Grimes b: 27 FEB 1961
David Christopher Grimes b: 6 DEC 1963