S. L. LEIBY.
A valuable farm of two hundred and forty seven acres situated near Hamilton in Liberty township is the property
of S. L. Leiby and returns to him a gratifying annual income as a reward for the care and labor which he bestows
upon the fields. He was born in Pennsylvania on the 9th of January, 1854, and has long made his home in this county.
His parents, Daniel and Elizabeth (Ritze) Leiby, were both natives of the Keystone state and came to Iowa in 1857,
settling in Marion county, where they became identified with the early development and progress of this section
of the state. Their remaining days were here passed and upon their farm they reared their family of eleven children,
five of whom are yet living.
S. L. Leiby spent the days of his boyhood and youth under the parental roof and at the usual age began attending
the district schools. He was but three years of age when brought by his parents to Iowa, since which time he has
lived in Marion county. When not busy with his text books he worked in the fields and continued to assist his father
until after he had attained his majority. He was then married and started out in life on his own account. He wedded
Miss Sarah Bachman, a native of Pennsylvania, and a daughter of Joel and Caroline (Neifert) Bachman, both of whom
were born in the Keystone state, where they lived until 1879 and then came to Marion county, Iowa, settling upon
a farm. The father is still living and yet devotes his attention to general agricultural pursuits, but the mother
has passed away. In their family were seven children, all of whom survive.
Following their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Leiby began their domestic life upon the home farm where they now reside,
situated in Liberty township, not far from Hamilton. The place is a valuable property, comprising two hundred and
forty seven acres of rich and productive land, on which he has placed many improvements and he has added thereto
many of the modern equipments and accessories of the model farm of the twentieth century. The buildings are large
and substantial and the barns and sheds furnish ample shelter to grain and stock. The latest improved machinery
is used to facilitate the work of the fields and each year Mr. Leiby gathers good harvests, the golden grain rewarding
him for the labor he has spent in cultivation.
To Mr. and Mrs. Leiby have been born four children, but two of the number have passed away. Those still living
are Daisy and Fred, the former now the wife of James Reding. Mr. Leiby gives his political allegiance to the democratic
party but has never been desirous of holding office. Fraternally he is connected with the Odd Fellows lodge at
Marysville and his wife is identified with the Rebekahs. Both are consistent and faithful members of the Lutheran
church and have guided their lives according to its teachings, so that they naturally have the respect, confidence
and good will of all who know them. Mr. Leiby has resided in the county for fifty seven years and has been a witness
of many of the events which have left their impress upon the history of this section of the state. He has lived
to see remarkable changes, for the work of transformation has done away with all of the evidences of pioneer life
seen in the early days and has brought about the conditions and advantages of modern civilization.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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