Page 681-682, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Butler County, Kansas by Vol. P. Mooney. Standard Publishing Company, Lawrence, Kan.: 1916. ill.; 894 pgs.


George H. Eckel, a well known farmer and stockman of Glencoe township, is a native of Butler county. He was born February 18, 1871, and is a son of Charles and Julia (Zimpleman) Eckel, natives of Michigan. The parents of George H. Eckel came to Butler county in 1870, locating near where the town of Pontiac now is, where the father homesteaded a quarter section. He engaged in farming and stock raising in that vicinity, which has been his life's occupation. He is a veteran of the Civil war, having served in that great conflict with the Michigan troops. He now resides on a farm in Butler county. Of the children born to Charles and Julia (Zimpleman) Eckel, the following the[sic] now living: Frank, Douglass, Kans.; George H., the subject of this sketch; Mrs. Nettie Louthen, Ponca City, Okla.; William, Douglass, Kans.; Mrs. Belle McIntyre, Wichita, Kans., and Mrs. Eva Dornboss, Douglass, Kans.

George H. Eckel was reared on his father's farm in Butler county near Pontiac and received his education in the public schools. He began farming and stock raising on his own account in early life, and now owns a splendid farm of 440 acres located on the south branch of the Little Walnut in Glencoe township. This place compares favorably with the best stock farms of Butler county and although a young man Mr. Eckel ranks as one of the leading farmers and stockmen of the community. He is an active and aggressive business man whose worth as a citizen of high standing is recognized by those who know him best.

Mr. Eckel was married February 27, 1901, to Miss Nelle V. Hobbs, a native of Mediaoplis, Iowa. She is a daughter of William and Nancy (Gilmore) Hobbs, who settled in Butler county, in 1897, locating near Pontiac, and later removed to El Dorado, where they now reside. Mrs. Eckel is one of the following surviving children, born to William and


Nancy (Gilmore) Hobbs: Mrs. George H. Eckel, the subject of this sketch; William C., El Dorado, Kans.; Hal R., Los Angeles, Cal.; and Louis B., Wichita, Kans. To Mr. and Mrs. George H. Eckel have been born the following children: Merele, born in August, 1903; Lloyd, born in September, 1906; Leslie, born in October, 1908; and Lois, born in July, 1912. Mr. and Mrs. Eckel are members of the Methodist Episcopal church and well known and prominent in the community.

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