Leon Granados Rey
(name at birth following the Spanish
April 11, 1904, Luis Leon Granados, the first child
born to Ramon and Concepcion was born at 1:00 am in
Vinales, Pinar del Rio, Cuba. After the birth of Luis
the family moved back to Spain and three more children
were born (Connie, Rose and Clara). In 1911 Luis, his
mother and three sisters immigrated to America joining
his Father Ramon who had gone ahead of the family.
married Anne Waters on August 20, 1927 in Riverdale,
Maryland. They had six children - Luis II (Sonny), Elizabeth
(Anita), Robert (Bob), Joseph (Joe), Ramon (Franny)
and Maria Concepcion (Chi-Chi).
died on August 1, 1992 at the age of 88, at his home
in St. Mary's County.
graduating from Central High School in Washington, D.C.,
Luis was a high-level interpreter for Gen. John J. Pershing
in the settlement of a border dispute between Uraguay
and Paraguay, and traveled to Peru.
August 20, 1927, he married Anne Maria Waters from Riverdale,
MD, a friend of his sister Concepcion (Connie), who
lived in a different part of town. When Anne stayed
for dinner with the Granados family, Luis walked her
home. They lived in several different houses near Annes
parents in Riverdale and during the depths of the depression
moved in with them. In 1937, they moved into the house
formally occupied by Luis father.
had six children: Luis, Jr., 1928; Elizabeth Anne, 1929;
Robert Alexander, 1932; Joseph Rey, 1934; Ramon Francis,
1936, and Maria Concepcion, 1939.
out as a bank teller, the Great Depression and subsequent
Bank Holiday forced Luis to seek other employment. In
1939 he became a Program Analyst with the Army Air Corps,
and was one of the first persons to work in the Pentagon.
From November 16, 1942 to December 9, 1946 he was a
Tech Sgt. in the Maryland State Guard, the wartime replacement
for the activated Maryland National Guard.
member of the Knights of Columbus since 1925, he became
the State Deputy, Grand Knight of two different Councils
and founder of the Zegus Caravan of the Alhambra. In
1966, he retired from the government and moved to the
home he had built in California, MD, where he lived
until his death on August 1, 1992.
Granados died on April 21, 1999 at the age of 93.
Willow - a Granados Story
Gazpacho - a Taste of Sevilla
OF LUIS GRANADOS
Leon II (Sonny / Lou)