Transcribed from History of Labette County, Kansas and its Representative Citizens, ed. & comp. by Hon. Nelson Case. Pub. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill. 1901

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Theodore J. Hoeppner

THEODORE J. HOEPPNER, one of the leading farmers in Neosho township, Labette county, Kansas, living on the southeast quarter of section 18, is a man who is respected by all who know him. He takes an active interest in those movements which are for the good of the community in which he lives, and is a kind and charitable neighbor. Mr. Hoeppner was born in Saxony, Germany, in 1847, and is a son of August and Augusta (Wykoff) Hoeppner.

August Hoeppner was a weaver, and was born in Germany. In 1853 he came to America, where he lived the remainder of his life. He married Augusta Wykoff, who was also a native of Germany, and they were blessed with the following children: Augusta; Theodore J.; Betty, deceased; Fred; William; Frank; Mary; and three who died in infancy.

Theodore J. Hoeppner was but six years old when his parents moved to this country. They landed at New Orleans, where they lived for some time, and then moved to Jefferson county, Indiana. In 1864 Mr. Hoeppner enlisted in Company F, 31st Reg., Ind. Vol. Inf., and served in the Army of the West. He fought in the battles of Nashville and Franklin, and was engaged in several skirmishes. In 1865 Mr. Hoeppner received an honorable discharge, and returned to Indiana. After staying at his home for a short time, he went to Illinois, where he was engaged in farming for three years. In 1878 Mr. Hoeppner removed to Labette county, Kansas, and located in Montana township. In 1880 he moved to his present farm in Neosho township, which is in the southeast quarter of section 18. He is engaged in general farming, and, as his early youth was spent in assisting on a farm, he has had much experience in that line, and is considered a very good farmer.

Mr. Hoeppner married Malinda Dyer, a daughter of Madison Dyer. Madison Dyer was born in Virginia, and settled in Kansas in 1872. His farm was located in sections 18 and 19, and he lived on it until his death. He married Evaline Welch, who was a native of Ohio. Their children were: Lotus, a farmer living in Neosho township; and Malinda, the wife of Mr. Hoeppner. The subject of this sketch and his wife had three children, all of whom are deceased. They were Augusta E., Emma L. and Theodore M. Mr. Hoeppner is a member of the Republican party. He and his wife belong to the Methodist church.