Elihu B. Walling was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Walling, and was born in Wayne county in the state of New York in the year 1833.When 20 years of age, he moved to Lamont, Mich., with his parents.Before that time, he received his education at the academy in Lyons, N. Y.
For the next fifteen years, he was a successful teacher in the public schools.His first school was the Lillie school near Lamont; after which he taught at Berlin, Rockford and for many years at Grandville, Mich.
He married Abbie Thornton, of Grand Rapids.In the year 1867, after which they settled in Lammont, at which place he was a duggist and merchant for many years.In 1898, they moved to Crawford, Isabella county, where he continued in the drug business.In February, 1899, he lost his wife, and returned to Lamont in 1900, after which he lived with his brother.
At the age of 25 years, he became a member of the Congregational church and has always continued a faithful chuch worker.
He was one of a family of nine children of whom but two now survive; Mrs. George Bateman and Millard F. Walling, both living in Lamont.