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ELIAS D. LICHTY, a substantial retired farmer, whose skill as an agriculturist was recognized throughout Carroll county during the years he was in active life, and who is regarded as an authority upon matters pertaining to farming, is now residing at Lanark. He was born in Somerset, Pa., August 19, 1851, a son of Levi and Ann Lichty, natives of the same place. These parents came to Lee county, Ill., at an early day, but after a few years moved to Carroll county, arriving here in 1868, and locating on a farm. The father had the following children: Elias D.; Urias M., deceased; W. H., of Kansas City, Mo.; Mrs. Emma Puterbaugh, of Chicago; Cora Gorden, of Lakeside, Wash. Elias D. Lichty received a common school education, and grew up to farm life. He secured his fatherís homestead of 160 acres of fine land, four miles southeast of Lanark, where he became an extensive grain and stock grower, thus continuing until his retirement to Lanark. He built his handsome residence in Lanark, in 1904. On October 21, 1876, Mr. Lichty was married (first) to Cora Rodrick, daughter of George Rodrick, a native of Maryland. She died October 25, 1908. By this marriage Mr. Lichty had children as follows: Raymond, who was born in 1877, lives at home; Iva J., who was born December 22, 1885, is a very accomplished young lady, a graduate of Lanark high school, now a teacher in the Lanark school; Leroy W., who died January 14, 1912; and Ruth W., who was born August 16, 1891, is at home. Mr. Lichty was married (second) May 14, 1911, to Mrs. Anna Horning, daughter of Oliver and Margaret (Richardson) Smith, natives of Pennsylvania, where the father was born February 2, 1831. The mother died October 12, 1867. He and his wife had the following family: Mrs. Lichty and Mrs. Margaret Langer of Altoona. By her first marriage, Mrs. Lichty had two children: Mrs. Sadie Asay, who is of Mr. Carroll; and Albert Horning, who is employed at Savanna by the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad. Mr. Lichty is a member of the Brethren Church. Politically, he is a Democrat, and has served as school director for fifteen years. He is a man widely known and universally respected and his name stands for uprightness and honesty of purpose.

Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Carroll County, Vol. II, Munsell Publishing Company, 1913

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