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Calbert Harry Leedom

Appointed April 1, 1924
Ht: 5’10.5” Wt: 187.5#
End of Tour Sunday, June 20, 1926

Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota
[Minnesota Death Certificate No. 1926-MN-024561]

Fatally injured in a motorcycle traffic accident while enroute home.

U.S. Army Veteran


Photo of Calbert Leedom

At 0800 hours (8:00 a.m.) on Sunday, June 20, 1926 Motorcycle Patrolman Calbert Harry Leedom1, Badge No. 429, working out of the Central Station, was killed in a motorcycle accident at E. Seventh and Earl Streets in the City of Saint Paul.

Leedom was on his way home when the rear tire of his police motorcycle blew out causing him to lose control of the unit. He was killed instantly when his motorcycle caromed off a telephone pole into one of the concrete and iron supports of the Earl Street viaduct over East Seventh Street. Although fire department personnel from Engine House No. 7 were on the scene within minutes, the officer was already dead, dying of extensive head and trunk injuries.

The day before, officer Leedom helped rescue an automobile racer from the wreckage of the latter’s car at the State Fair racetrack.

Born on October 2, 1896, in Dickenson, Stark County, North Dakota, twenty-nine year old Calbert Harry Leedom had been with the Bureau of Police since April 1, 1924 (two years), and previously served with the United States Army. He was survived by his wife, Elsie, and two sons, Harry Calbert and Robert Allison. Patrolman Leedom’s funeral was held on Thursday, June 24, 1926, in his home at 1868 E. Como-Phalen Boulevard, and he is buried at Elmhurst Cemetery, Saint Paul, Minnesota.

1 Calbert Harry Leedom was appointed Motorcycle Patrolman April 1, 1924; and was fatally injured in a motorcycle traffic accident while enroute home Sunday, June 20, 1926. He was a U.S. Army Veteran.