From the San Francisco Bureau of Acme Newspictures, Inc, dated August 1936
All the bum jokes about women drivers go by the boards
when you hear of Mrs. Nell A. Leavitt, San Francisco,
picked as California's safest driver to represent the
state in a "safe driver" convention in New York August
3d. In the past 34 years she has driven 34 automobiles
a total of 650, 000 miles without an accident or traffic
violation. "Eternal alertness -- that's the key to safe
driving", she says.
Nell L. (Anthony) Leavitt was the wife of John Wheeler Leavitt Sr, born in Paris, Illinois in 1878. She died in San Francisco, CA on 18 Oct 1960. John was an automobile distributor in northern California, and had been born in Chelsea, MA in 1868. His father was John [Thomas Gen, pg 79] a son of James (called Jonathan in our book) and Charlotte (Gallison) Loveitt. By 1860, this branch of the family had begun using "Leavitt" instead of "Loveitt" (a family name originating from Beverly, MA and Cape Elizabeth, Maine, and likely not related to the Leavitt lines).
-- Steve Dow (from personal collection, purchased in Apr 2017)
- Steve Dow (Historian)