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Briggs, Leland C.
Leland C. Briggs. Serving his country in the Spanish-American War for a period of eighteen strenuous months, and later, during the World War, relinquishing all else to give his time without pay to the government, in the United States Department of Justice Secret Service, Leland C. Briggs is acceptedly a citizen of whom all Lansing can be justifiably proud. But there is also a type of patriotism that is not resplendent with the glamour of epaulets and bayonets or helmets. It is the patriotism of peace, so admirably reflected by quiet, conservative business men who are creating new values all the time and enriching the community not only with what they make, but with the very thoughts they think. It is both as a patriot of war and of peace that Mr. Briggs has manifested himself, and his modesty and his unwillingness to receive encomium and but another credit mark to his splendid life record. In the city of Lansing, Leland C. Briggs is the treasurer and general manager of The Briggs Company, 400 East Michigan avenue, manufacturers of face and common brick. The company was organized in 1904 by Mr. Briggs. It does also a general business in builders' supplies, a line of basic importance. Leland C. Briggs is a native son of Lansing, born July 22, 1878. His father, Leland H. Briggs was born in Almont, Michigan, in 1848, and twenty years later came to Lansing as deputy state land commissioner, he having spent eighteen years in the capital. Thereafter he formed a partnership in the grocery business, the firm operating as Johnson & Briggs. In 1901, Mr. Briggs relinquished the cares of earth and passed to that land "from whose bourne no traveler returns." His wife was Helen J. Johnson, of Lansing, daughter of D. B. Johnson. Leland C. Briggs, with a great degree of pride, turns to the fact that he is a direct descendant of the first settlers in Lansing, the Johnson family. He has pointed to this rather than to his own contribution to the community and the nation. Mr. Briggs received his education in the Lansing schools and after being graduated in the high school, he enlisted in the army for service in the Spanish-American war. He was in the service eighteen months, with a creditable record. Upon his return he obtained a job as timekeeper for the Lansing Wheelbarrow Company and later worked as receiving clerk for the E. Bement & Sons. In 9304, fired by the ambition to advance and ultimately to found a business in which he could apply an administrative hand, Mr. Briggs launched The Briggs Company. His success and that of the company have been marked and definite, and the concern occupies a secure place in the industrial life of the city. He was married in l919 and had three children, Helen, Griffin and Betty. Notwithstanding the call of business and the other responsibilities that fell upon him, Mr. Briggs gave up all such interests as a sacrifice for his country when the nation became involved in the World war. He entered the secret service upon the nominal pay basis of one dollar a year, devoting all his time to the government. This sacrifice is not without its compensation in the evidences of appreciation that family, friends, city, county, state and nation have tendered. It is a service that, if need be, would be cheerfully repeated. It was a manifestation of the unselfish spirit of American men, business men and wage earners alike, that built up and sustained the national morale. It is the same loyalty and unselfishness that have happily combined in Mr. Briggs to promote the business over which he personally presides, and the general business, social and civic interests of the entire community. Although a very busy man, Mr. Briggs is much devoted to the Masonic fraternity. He is a past master of Lansing Lodge, No. 33 F. & A. M., a member of the Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine and of the Detroit Consistory of the Scottish Rite. He is also a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, the Chamber of Commerce, Lansing Country club and of the widely known Detroit Athletic club. As a part of his war-time efforts, Mr. Briggs was responsible for the enlistment of 328 men from Michigan for training at Camp Sheridan. He gave six months of service as deputy United States marshal, under Marshal Behrendt.