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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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