Eli Almond Wilder, son of Keyes and Tryphena Wilder, was born in Alexander, Genesee County, New York, September 13, 1815. His parents were natives of Massachusetts, and settled in New York in 1813 or ’14. His father died in New York, and his mother in Wisconsin, a short time after removing there. Eli lived in New York until he was twenty-three years old, and attended the common schools, all that the country at that time afforded. In 1839 he removed to Wisconsin and engaged in farming for about five years, in Green Lake County. In 1844 he went into the mercantile business in the town of Mackford, and afterward in the village of Markesan. In 1858 he removed to Humboldt County, Iowa, and engaged in the mercantile business there till 1883, when he sold out and came to California and located in Los Gatos, where he has since resided. He purchased ten acres of what is known as the Almond Grove in Los Gatos, and laid it off into town lots in 1887. He was formerly a Whig, but is now a Republican; he was County Clerk of Marquette County, Wisconsin, two terms, Justice of the Peace in the village of Markesan for about fifteen years, elected a Justice of the Peace in Los Gatos in 1886, which position he still holds, and is also Judge of the Recorder’s Court of Los Gatos.
Mr. Wilder was married, September 17, 1851, to Julia A. Harkness, a native of Pennsylvania.
Pen Pictures From The Garden of the World or Santa Clara County, California, Illustrated. - Edited by H. S. Foote.- Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1888.
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