Delila Ann Harris was born at Lybrand, Iowa in 1857, the daughter of Elisha Harris and Margaret Patterson. She attended a United Brethren College in Iowa and there she met her future husband. She died at Stockton, California in 1932.
Eli Ridenour was born in 1853 in Shullsburg, Pennsylvia, the son of George Ridenour and Martha Miller. He grew to manhood in the Colesburg, Iowa, area. In California he worked as a rancher and taught industial arts. He died in 1928 at Stockton, California.
Delila and Eli were married in 1881 in Postville, and soon left for California where they lived out their lives and became the parents of seven children.