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Los Gatos Jubilee: El Gato Leandro Garza Leal

Family patriarch was first to settle in town and was coincidentally born on Aug. 10, the date of Los Gatos incorporation.

El Gato Leandro Garza Leal and his first wife, Flora, visited Los Gatos in 1924. They had 14 children.

When Flora passed away my grandfather remarried my grandmother Leonor Garza Marroquin. They had another 14 children, but only nine boys lived.

is from the second familia.

I was born in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico and came to the USA when I was 3 years old. My papi was doing his internship in Arizona and finished it in Hollywood.

We eventually moved to San Jose, where he established his private practice, close to San Jose Hospital at that time.

When I was just about to start junior high school is when my familia moved to Los Gatos. I went to Fisher Middle School. One of my papi's brothers, Lazaro Garza Marroquin, was the Spanish teacher at for many years.

I have a lot of wonderful memories growing up here in Los Gatos.

At this point I am the only one in my immediate familia that still lives here. My tio/uncle Lazaro and tia/aunt still live here in Los Gatos as well. All my sisters and their familias live in Southern California. I have one brother that lives in San Jose with his familia.

My grandfather was born Aug. 10, 1854, coincidentally the date of the incorporation of Los Gatos. We're 100 years apart! Who knew that he would be the first one of us to be on Los Gatos soil!

Editor's Note: We asked and you answered ... more than a dozen stories and poems about Los Gatos have been shared with us on our Los Gatos Jubilee Facebook page, or at the end of posts on this site for publication beginning Aug. 10, 2012, in honor of the town's quasquicentennial celebration. This is the sixth submission written by Los Gatos resident Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz, paying homage to the town we all love so much on We're joining the Museums of Los Gatos StoryShare project and sharing with them your contributions here.

Parthenia M. Hicks August 15, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Irene, I loved reading about your "papi" and your family's deep roots in Los Gatos. Thanks for giving us a wonderful story that also gives us deeper insight into this beautiful town.
Larry Arzie August 15, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Leal, the name of a famous painter from Barcelona. His pictures hang in the Museo Nationel there. There are also Leal's who emigrated from Spain around 1915 during the Latin migration period to California. That's about the same time my family arrived from Spain. It is not common name so you are probably related. I have a friend in Barcelona who I looked up the Leal's for years ago. I think they lived in Brisbane.
Ivy Daley August 15, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Very interesting bit of historia familiar! My dad taught French at a local high school for many years. Thank you for sharing...
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz August 19, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Thanks Everyone! I Love My Familia So Very Much! The Good & the Bad, I am so Blessed!
Roya @ Kitchens of Los Gatos January 30, 2013 at 11:28 PM
Wow! Irene, Thanks for sharing your beautiful story!
Apokastasis March 17, 2013 at 12:39 AM
Leandro Garza Mora, misma fecha de nacimiento así que supongo es la misma persona que tradujo un hermoso himno, conocido y entonado en todo el mundo, "Oh que amigo nos es Cristo". ¿Podría escribir mas sobre él?

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