Ringgold County Biographical Sketches
Biographical and Historical Record of Ringgold and Decatur Counties, Iowa
Lewis Publishing Company, 1887. pp. 396 - 397.
"ELI LANDRETH, an enterprising and successful agriculturist, of Liberty Township,
is a native of Indiana, born in Owen County, March 5, 1837.
His parents, Zachariah and Elmo (Fender) Landreth, were
natives of Kentucky and North Carolina respectively, and
were among the early settlers of Indiana. They lived in
Owen County till 1852, when they removed with their family
to Mercer County, Illinois, where both died. They were the
parents of ten children -- six sons and four daughters,
of whom seven still survive. Two of their sons died in the
late war. Eli Landreth, the subject of this sketch, was
reared on a farm and educated in the common schools, principally
in Mercer County, Illinois, to which county he removed with
his parents when fourteen years old. He was married in 1859
to Miss Mary E. Phillips, a native of Michigan, but at the
time of her marriage living in Mercer County, Illinois.
To this union were born ten children -- Fannie, Jennie,
Clisby, Dora, Henry, Frank, Finn, Thomas and two who died
in infancy. After his marriage Mr. Landreth settled on a
farm in Mercer County, where he resided till the fall of
1874. He then came to Ringgold County, Iowa, and settled
on his farm on sections 2 and 11, Liberty Township, where
he has since followed farming and stock-raising, his cattle
being of a high grade. He devotes some attention to raising
fine horses, and in February, 1886, he sold a number of
good animals. His farm, which is well-improved and under
good cultivation, contains 360 acres, and his residence
and farm buildings are noticeably good. Politically Mr.
Landreth formerly affiliated with the Republican party,
but is now a Greenbacker. He has served his township as
trustee for nine years. Both Mr. and Mrs. Landreth have
been members of the Baptist church for many years."
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