Among the younger business men of Palo Alto, Leslie E. Sampson is making a name for himself as the junior partner of the firm of Mathews & Co., enterprising grocers of Palo Alto. A native son of California, he was born in Redwood City, San Mateo County, September 28, 1894, a son of K H. and Ella (Fisher) Sampson, the former a native of Washington, D. C., and the latter of Ohio. His father was mayor of Redwood City for eight years and is now the chief engineer of the S. H. Frank Tanning Company in Redwood City, where both parents reside. Leslie is the younger of two children; his brother, Eugene, lives in Fresno and is employed by the Standard Oil Company.
Leslie E. grew up
in Redwood City, and after finishing the grammar grades, he entered the
Cogswell Polytechnic College at San Francisco, from which he was
graduated in December, 1914, after pursuing the regular four years'
course in mechanical drafting and the general polytechnic work,
including surveying, which he followed in 1915; then he was employed by
the Pacific Gas & Electric Company at San Mateo, Cal., until the
time of his enlistment, April 28, 1917, in the Aviation Corps. He went
to Dayton, Ohio, and there learned to fly and had charge of ahangar. At the time of his discharge, March 1, 1919. he was a sergeant, first class.
On January 1,
1922, he purchased the interest of Mrs. E. D. Clark in the grocery firm
of Mathews & Co. and the partnership has proven both pleasant and
profitable. He belongs to the American Legion at Redwood City; is a
member of the Masons in Redwood City, of the Scottish Rite bodies in
San Jose, and belongs to the Sciots of San Francisco.
From Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California, published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 1605
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