Biography of Howard T. Landis
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HOWARD T. LANDIS.
From the time of Tubal Cain, the artificer in iron has been one of the important factors in civilization. He it was who forged the first implements for the field and the weapons of war. The iron worker made possible the mail clad knight of the Middle ages and, later, the cannons which changed the whole course of civilization. In all of the communities of Indiana, the blacksmith of the pioneer epoch made all of the tools the farmer used, the axes, the saws, the hoes and the horseshoes. Even to this day, no community can dispense with the blacksmith and the craft is an honored and respected one. Among the general blacksmiths of Delphi, is Howard T. Landis, who is also a dealer in buggies and wagons.

Mr. Landis is a native of the Shenandoah valley, of Virginia, born at Pleasant Valley, January 21, 1876. He is the son of George and Margaret (Messerly) Landis, natives of the Old Dominion state. George Landis was reared near Peach Grove, Rockingham county, Virginia, and was a blacksmith by trade until he came to Indiana about 1895. Upon coming to the Hoosier state, he located at Rensselaer, where he bought a farm of one hundred and sixty acres. He moved from Rensselaer to Deer Creek township, Carroll county, and six years later moved to near Monticello, his present home, where he and his wife live on a highly productive farm of one hundred and ninety six acres. They are members of the Christian church. George' Landis served for three years in the Civil War and, during this time, was in charge of a commissary wagon. He and his wife have been the parents of six children: Cora, the wife of Floyd Robinson, of Rensselaer; Gurney, the wife of Frank Woods, of Monroe township, Carroll county; Howard T., the subject of this sketch; 011ie, the wife of Harry Boothroyd, of Monticello, Indiana; Nora, the wife of Bell Abbott, of Rensselaer, and Arthur, of Monticello.

Both the paternal and maternal grandparents of Mr. Landis were natives of Virginia. The paternal grandfather was a farmer and the maternal grandfather, a carpenter.

Howard T. Landis lived in Virginia with his parents until thirteen years old, when the family came west, and he grew to manhood at Onarga, Iroquois county, Illinois, where he attended the public schools. Afterward he worked on his father's farm for several years and was then married and farmed for one year. He then learned the blacksmith trade and has followed this trade for the past eighteen years in Delphi, where he has built a splendid block and residence. Mr. Landis enjoys a large patronage and has a prosperous business.

On January 22, 1896, Howard T. Landis was married to Ala Potts, the daughter of Haines Potts. She was one of six children born to her parents. the others being Blanche. Pearl, Richard, Laura and Frank. Mrs. Landis died in woo, at the age of twenty four years. leaving one daughter, Verna, who is a student in the Tipton high school. In 1902 Mr. Landis married Nellie Foster, a native of one of the Southern states. She was one of six children, Susan. Cora, Samuel, William, Nellie and one who died in infancy,

From:
History of Carroll County, Indiana
Its People, Industries and Institutions
By: John C. Odell
B. F. Bowen & Company
Indianapolis 1916


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