Page 642-643, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Butler County, Kansas by Vol. P. Mooney. Standard Publishing Company, Lawrence, Kan.: 1916. ill.; 894 pgs.


L. J. Fuller, a prominent farmer and stockman of Prospect township and early settler of Butler county, is a native of Michigan. He was born in Washtenaw county, December 14, 1850, and is a son of James H. and Mary Ann (Bonny) Fuller, natives of New York State and early settlers of Michigan. Levi Fuller, grandfather of L. J. Fuller, was a Michigan pioneer and came from Utica, N. Y., to the wilds of Michigan at an early day, and here located in the wilderness and made a home for himself and his family.

In 1869, L. J. Fuller removed to Missouri with his parents and settled in Newton county. They remained there about ten years, when they came to Kansas and located at Columbus, where the parents spent the remainder of their lives, their deaths occurring within seventeen days of each other. They were the parents of five children, three of whom are now living, two daughters being dead.

In 1890, L. J. Fuller traded for the property in Prospect township, where he now resides. At first he had 320 acres, but later sold 160. He has been quite extensively engaged in the stock business and has also carried on a large dairy business. M. Fuller is one of the substantial farmers and stockmen of the county and has made a success of his undertakings.

Mr. Fuller was united in marriage in Newton county, Missouri, in 1874, to Miss Lucy E. Koontz, a daughter of Levi and Charlotte (Key) Koontz. Mrs. Fuller is a native of Montgomery county, Missouri. Her father was a native of North Carolina and of German descent, and her mother was a native of Virginia and of French descent. When Mrs. Fuller was six weeks old her parents drove across the plains to Iowa and settled in Clarke county, that State. After making their home there for sixteen years, they went to Newton county in 1869. The mother died in 1884, and six years later the father came to live with Mrs. Fuller, where he spent the last sixteen years of his life. He died October 12, 1902, aged eighty-two years and six months. He was a grand old man and a representative of that type of pioneers whose work is well done.

To Mr. and Mrs. Fuller have been born the following children: Fred, Peck, Kans., married Bessie Fuller, and they have two children, Alvah and Edna; William Leonard, Prospect township, married Viola


Locke, and they have two children, Ruth and Ruby, twins; Myrtle, married Frank Brown, Latham, Kans.; Levi, Latham, Kans.; Ernest, died at the age of five months; Clyde, resides at home; Mary, married William Jones, Prospect township, and they have one child, William.

Mr. Fuller is a member of the Grange and the Knights of the Maccabees. He is independent in politics and one of the substantial men of Butler county. He has taken a commendable interest in local affairs and has served as township clerk, although he has never aspired to hold political office.

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