George Haver Litzenberg1

M, #2143, b. 24 June 1837, d. 16 March 1921
Last Edited=21 Jan 2017
     George Haver Litzenberg, son of John Litzenberg and Catherine Haver, was born on 24 June 1837 at Greene County, Pennsylvania.2 George Haver Litzenberg was the son of John Litzenberg and Catherine Haver.1

On 2 September 1850, George Haver Litzenberg appeared on the United States Census, at Jefferson, Greene County, Pennsylvania, George Haver Litzenberg is living with his mother who is now Catherine Sharpnick.3


Dean of Kansas Newspaper Reporters Passes Away at 84

Farmer Doolittle, who spent nearly fifty years of his life in the employ of the Eagle, and who was so widely known as a newspaper reporter and writer, passed away at 5:55 o’clock, Wednesday Evening at the home of Mrs. Nellie Mendenhall, 1018 South Main Street, March 16, 1921.

Farmer, whose real name was George Haver Litzenberg, was born in Greene County, Pennsylvania, June 24, 1837, being nearly 85 years of age at the time of his death. In early manhood he moved to Illinois and was one of the few men living who heard Lincoln debate Douglas. He came to Kansas in 1870 and soon after settled in Sedgwick County, taking up a homestead near El Paso, which now is known as Derby.

Soon after the Eagle was established by Col. M. M. Murdock, contributions entitled “Musings by the Sage of Dog Creek” began to come in. They contained some keen philosophical content and for a time their origin remained a mystery. They were signed, “Farmer Doolittle.” One day in 1877 the door of Colonel Murdock’s sanctum was pushed open and a tall, angular man entered. He announced himself as Farmer Doolittle and “hired out” on the Eagle.

The veteran reporter worked as a reporter until 1918. Even after that he came to the office regularly every Monday to draw his pension which was granted him after nearly fifty years writing on the Eagle. Briefly, Farmer Doolittle’s newspaper career covered all phases of editorial work. He began as a country correspondent, took up reporting in Wichita, handled markets, grain and livestock, and wrote editorials. It was as a market reporter that he was best known. Farmer never married. His only near relatives are a half-brother, Andrew Sharpnack, Morgantown, West Virginia; a niece, Mrs. Adda M. Areford, a daughter of Mr. Sharpnack; and a nephew, George Litzenberg, formerly of Wichita but later of Los Angeles, California.

Obituary provided by Barbara Harms Craig, FAG Member #47002615.2

George Haver Litzenberg died on 16 March 1921 at Witchita, Sedgwick County, Kansas, at age 83.2 and was buried at Maple Grove Cemetery, Witchita, Sedgwick County, Kansas.2


  1. [S129] Paul Roos, online, Paul Roos (Ancestry World Tree), downloaded 2002.
  2. [S451] Headstone and Cemetery Collection, Created by: The Old Genealogist, Record added: Jan 25, 2009, Find A Grave Memorial# 33263215.,
  3. [S37] 1850 United States Census, population schedule, Jefferson Township, Greene County, Pennsylvania, written page 257, line 20.; digital image by subscription, The Generations Network (; from the National Archives microfilm. A printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher.