The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 20, July 1916 - April, 1917 Page: 368
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368 The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
tober 16, 1909. A Houston paper published the following sketch
of this young soldier of fortune:
"Leonard Waller Groce, Jr., son of Dr. and Mrs. L. W. Groce,
was born at the old family home, "Bernardo," near Hempstead,
Texas, October 12, 1874. He spent his childhood in Hempstead,
but at the age of seventeen went to Galveston, working for the
firm of Hawley and Company several years. In 1897 he went
to Bluefields, Nicaragua, where he later engaged in the mining
business. At the outbreak of hostilities between Nicaragua and
Honduras, he occupied a lucrative position as superintendent of
the La Luz and Los Angeles mines, which position he resigned
to accept a commission in the Nicaraguan army. His knowledge
of military affairs was amply exemplified and his practical advice
of much value during those troublous times, and the government
was not slow in showing its appreciation of him as a man and
as a soldier."
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 20, July 1916 - April, 1917, periodical, 1917; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101070/m1/374/: accessed August 16, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.