Page 808-809, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Butler County, Kansas by Vol. P. Mooney. Standard Publishing Company, Lawrence, Kan.: 1916. ill.; 894 pgs.

David Landis and Wife


David Landis was born in Wayne county, Ohio, in 1847, and his parents moved to Indiana the same year and he was reared to manhood in that State. His parents were Frederick and Catherine (Holdeman) Landis. They were the parents of fourteen children, of whom the following are living: Jerome Colwell, Allen county, Kansas; Mrs. Anna Culp, Constantine, Mich.; Mrs. Barbara Kennison, Red Key, Ind.; Mrs. Christiana Staley, Elkhart, Ind.; J. H., Valpariso, Ind.; A. J. and H. B., Chico, Cal.; David, the subject of this sketch; Jennie Colwell, Moran, Kans.

David Landis was educated in the common schools of Indiana, and


for three years was a school teacher, teaching his first school in 1866, and his last term closed March 25, 1869. He then went to Missouri, remaining two years, and returned to Indiana for nine years and came to Kansas in January, 1882. He located in Anderson county, where he remained four years. He bought eighty acres there from Andrew Caldwell, which he sold in 1885, and removed to Linn county, remaining for one year, coming to Butler county in 1887. He located in Richland township for two years, and removed to Walnut township, where he lived three years, near Hilton school house. He then removed to Pleasant township, remaining there three years, and then lived for six years in Rock township. He rented his present place and moved here in 1904, and still resides in this township.

Mr. Landis was married in January, 1872, to Marjorie Ann Wooden, of Whitley county, Indiana, and eight children were born to this union, six of whom are living, as follows: B. F., living in Jewel county; H. W., at home; Ira O., Allen county, Kansas; Mrs. Dora Briles, Richland township; David Delta Richland township, and Irene lives in western Kansas.

Mr. Landis, while an invalid, is cheerful and a most interesting talker. Eight of the Landis brothers and sisters each write a letter once a month, and the recipient forwards the letter to another, and then the letter is sent around to the others until all have read it. Mr. Landis usually writes his the next day after receiving the letter. He is able to get to the mail box when the weather permits. Mr. Landis is one of the old subscribers of The El Dorado "Republican," and was a great admirer of the late "Bent" Murdock, who was editor of that paper for so many years.

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