Transcribed by Larry Fearneyhough
Though now prominent in business and financial circles at Cashion, Oklahoma, John Longnecker is known by a great many people in Scott county. For years he lived here and did what he could, and that was considerable, to assist in the county's advancement. He is the son of Joseph and Nancy Longnecker, and was born in Winchester, August 12, 1847. His parents came to Scott county in 1846. When Mr. Longnecker was but one year old his parents moved to a farm about one mile east of Winchester, where Mr. Longnecker was reared. He attended school during the winter months and worked upon the farm in the "good old summer time." He managed to secure a good education and taught school for five years. When he was twenty-one years old his father hired him to work on the farm and he worked for him two years and then took charge of the farm, his father retiring from active life. He ran the farm successfully and profitably, and in 1897 sold out and moved into Winchester. There he lived about three years and then moved to Oklahoma.
March 25, 1875, he was married to Miss Ella Young, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Young. She was born June 12, 1857, on the old homestead, in this county, which had been the birthplace of her father sixty-two years before. Mr. and Mrs. Longnecker have had five children - Carrie, Mable, Emma, Nancy and John Harold. Mable is dead. While here Mr. Longnecker was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and of Pioneer Lodge, No. 70, I. O. O. F.
After going to Oklahoma, John Longnecker at once became an important factor in his town. He has worked for its upbuilding, its advancement. At present he is largely interested in the hotel and livery business; has a barber shop and devotes a great deal of time to real estate matters. He is a hustler and if the town of Cashion does not become a thriving little city the fault will not lie at the door of John Longnecker.