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When I was a little girl in the 1960s, my great-grandmother told me a story about the naming of one of her sons. At the time of his birth, my great-grandfather was "out west" working, so my great-grandmother decided to name the baby after the town and county where my great-grandfather was at the time.

My great-grandmother named the baby in my great-grandfather’s absence. Upon his return home, he informed her that she’d named their son after a little girl, Leola Grant, who had drowned there. My great-uncle always went by Leo. Now, decades later, I have found the town thanks to the internet! I suppose that, to her, Arkansas was "out west" from Indiana.

Diana Smith
Lakewood, CO