"History of Huntington County, Indiana"1914 By Frank S. Bash pg.690-91
Laban Allred. Located eight and one half miles southwest of Huntington, on the Huntington and Marion gravel road, in Lancaster township, is located the Homestead Stock Farm, a tract of 450 acres of valuable land which is owned by Laban Allred. Mr. Allred is one of the prosperous and progressive farmers of his community, and is widely known as a stockman, the product of his farm being constant demand in the markets of this and other states. He is a native of Huntington county, having been born on a farm in Wayne township, March 26, 1861, a son of Abner and Jane (Sparks) Allred.
Abner Allred was a native of North Carolina, where he was born in October, 1847, and was there reared and educated. When still little more than a lad, he decided to try his fortunes in the West, and accordingly made his way overland with a companion in a wagon and settled in Wayne township, Huntington county, Indiana. Here he secured employment by the month, and by hard and earnest labor, and frugal and economical living, he managed to accumulate enough capital to buy a small property. When he had established a home he was married, and continued to reside in Wayne township until 1863, when he traded his property there for Lancaster township land. From the latter he moved to Jackson township, and there his death occurred. He was a sturdy, hard-working agriculturist, winning material success through the force of his honorable dealing and upright life. He and his wife were the parents of two children: Lunda, who became the wife of Joseph Randall; and Laban.
Laban Allred has resided on the farm which he now owns since his third year. Until reaching his majority he attended the district schools of this vicinity, and this training was supplemented by two terms in the Danville Normal school, where he took a partial commercial course. He then returned to his home and engaged in farming, and by the time he reached the age of twenty-two years he was the owner of eighty acres of land. Mr. Allred was married September 16, 1888m to Miss Ida J. Stouder, who was born in Rock Creek township, Huntington county, July 24, 1864, daughter of John and Mary (Lahr) Stouder, and when four years of age was taken by her parents to Polk township, where she grew to womanhood, receiving her education in the public schools. Mr. And Mrs. Allred have had six children: Stanley, a farmer; Willard, a farmer of Lancaster township, living with his parents; Edna, a graduate of the Lancaster township schools and now the wife of John Snider; Russell, a student in the Lancaster Center High school; and Mary and Merritt, students in the common schools.
After his marriage, Mr. Allred settled down to housekeeping on the family homestead in Lancaster township, which has since become known as the Homestead Stock Farm and enjoys a wide and favorable reputation because of the high grade of live stock for which it is noted. Mr. Allred buys and feeds cattle, usually purchasing by the carload, and through his extensive operations has become known as one of the leaders in his line of business in the township. In addition to the home farm of 450 acres, in Lancaster township, he has 130 acres in Jackson township, and all of this is in a high state of cultivation. He is a man of sound judgement in commercial affairs, of excellent executive ability, sagacity and enterprise, and as the result of his well directed efforts he has acquired a handsome property. He has completely remodeled his entire property, which is now equipped with every modern appliance, and is continuing to use modern methods in his work. Fraternally, he is connected with Mount Etna Lodge No. 304, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, past master and a member of the Grand Lodge, while Mrs. Allred is a member of Mount Olive Lodge No. 421, of the Rebekahs, past grand and a member of the Grand Lodge of the state. Politically, Mr. Allred is a republican, and as such was elected alderman of the county for two years. For four years he was also a trustee of Lancaster township, and during his incumbency of office numerous improvements were made, including the building of the handsome high school edifice at Lancaster Center.