this is the 38th anniversary of his death….he would be astounded that the game he thought had vanished was now a world-wide sensation, helping and empowering skaters and contributing to thousands of communities around the world.
Leo Seltzer was born in Helena, Montana, on April 5th, 1903. His parents, David and Celia, were immigrants from Romania. David had been offered a job with McCormick in Chicago, but upon his arrival he found that it was not as a carriage maker as was his trade in Bucharest, but a very menial job. The family, then also consisting of his wife Celia, two young boys Harry and Oscar, boarded a train for Montana where a cousin was established.
David became a cattle rancher, operated a general store, and was a member of the local vigilantes. Unfortunately, Celia being of delicate health could not handle the winters, and the family moved to Portland, Oregon, where Leo and his brothers grew up.
In high school (Lincoln High in Portland) Oscar and Leo excelled in sports: Oscar in football and Leo in basketball. When Harry the oldest brother went…
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