Page 729-730, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Butler County, Kansas by Vol. P. Mooney. Standard Publishing Company, Lawrence, Kan.: 1916. ill.; 894 pgs.


Albert Sunbarger, a prosperous farmer and stockman of Sycamore township, is a native of Ohio. He was born in Hocking county in 1873, and is a son of August and Minna Sunbarger, natives of Germany who immigrated to America in 1867, and settled in Ohio. They made the voyage across the Atlantic in an old time sailing vessel, and were three months on the voyage. Twenty-two of the passengers died while crossing the ocean. When the father landed in New York he had only ten dollars, in money.

The family remained in Ohio for eleven years, and in 1878, came west, locating in Sycamore township, Butler county, where the father bought eighty acres of land. Here the father began farming, in a small way, under the adverse conditions of pioneer days. He had only one horse, with which to begin, but by exchanging work with neighbors he succeeded in getting his team work done. He managed to get along the first few years and finally began to prosper until he became one of the well to do men of Sycamore township. August Sunbarger and Minna Reifstahl were married in Ohio, March 31, 1867, and the following children were born to that union: August, Columbus, Ohio; John, Tarkio, Mo.; and Albert, the subject of this sketch.


Albert Sunbarger received his education in the public schools and began life as a farmer and stock raiser, which has since been his occupation. He owns the home farm in Sycamore township which consists of 400 acres of well improved land. He carries on general farming and stock raising, and is also quite extensively interested in dairying.

Mr. Sunbarger was married in August, 1898, to Miss Mattie Tibbets, a daughter of Henry J. and Euphemia (Mather) Tibbets. Henry J. Tibbets was a soldier in the Civil war and served in Companies F and D, Second regiment, Colorado infantry. At one time he owned the land at Augusta, where the glass plant is now located. He died in 1907, and his widow now resides at Verona, Wyo. To Mr. and Mrs. Albert Sunbarger have been born four children, as follows: Lee, Grace, Steven and Alice Maleta. Mr. Sunbarger is one of the substantial men of Sycamore township, and is what might be termed a twentieth century farmer and stockman.

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