Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
The subject of this sketch was born in 1824, at Salisbury, Conn. He was the youngest of a family of seven children—three
boys and four girls. His father was a native of Connecticut, and his grandfather, Rufus Landon, was a soldier of
the Revolution, serving under Gen. Schuyler when he marched to the relief of Arnold in Canada. At seventeen years
of age Norman quitted the old homestead and commenced life for himself. Going to Kinderhook, N. Y., he learned
the carpenter’s trade, working there seven years and in Connecticut nine years. In 1858 he removed to Lake township,
Mich., where he turned his attention to Thxming. He made his first purchase of land in 1858, becoming the owner
of eighty acres on section 27, his present homestead. He has since added eighty acres to this. While in Kinderhook,
Mr. Landon married, in March, 1847, Miss Allen, daughter of Horace and Clara Allen. Four children were born to
them, three girls and one boy. Mrs. Landon died May, 1868, in Berrien Springs. Mr. Landon married, as his second
wife, Mrs. Laura, widow of Myers Nelson. He has no children by this marriage. Mrs. Nelson is a daughter of Lemuel
and Ann Church, and is a native of Ohio, being the fourth in a family of nine children. By her first marriage she
was the mother of six children. Mr. Landon is a Democrat. He has been the supervisor of his township nine terms,
and its treasurer and present justice of the peace, having filled that office six years. In 1864 was nominated
by his party for county treasurer. Mr. Landon received his education outside of schools, as his advantages for
an early education were few. He has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church since 1856. Mr. Landon has
ever been industrious and economical. By hard work and prudent management he has become possessed of a pleasant
home, and he is justly esteemed by his neighbors as a good, practical farmer and a worthy, intelligent citizen.
History of Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.