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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R. F. Lonnecker

R. F. LONNECKER is a prominent merchant of Bartlett, Labette county, Kansas, and is the owner of considerable valuable farming property in Hackberry township. He was born in Preble county, Ohio, in 1854, and is a son of G. W. Lonnecker.

G. W. Lonnecker was born in Ohio, and followed the trade of a butcher. He married Theodosia Collins, also a native of Ohio, and they reared four children, as follows: John; William, deceased; Cynthia; and R. F.

R. F. Lonnecker was six years of age when he was taken by his parents to Logan county, Illinois, where he lived until he moved to Kansas. He arrived in Labette county, Kansas, in February, 1878, and for one year resided southwest of Chetopa, in Hackberry township. He then spent two years on the Davis farm, and in 1881 located in Richland township on the Robert Phillips farm, and then purchased the widow Sowder's property, where he farmed until 1882. The following year he purchased the old J. Watson farm, and lived upon it until the fall of 1883, when he moved to Chetopa. He was located in the city for eighteen months and then purchased his home farm in Hackberry township, - the southeast quarter of section 26, township 34, range 20, on which he resided for ten years. He also owns the southwest quarter of section 25. In 1895 he rented both properties, and moved to the town of Bartlett. Since that time he has been a merchant of that town, and is meeting with good success. He is a man of many estimable traits of character, and has many stanch friends in the community.

Mr. Lonnecker was united in marriage with Juliette Burwell, who was born in Logan county, Illinois, In 1855, and they have two children: George E. and M. N. Politically, the subject of this sketch is a Republican. He and his family are members of the Presbyterian church.