YATES, MONROE - It becomes our painful duty to chronicle the death of Monroe Yates, who died of pneumonia at his home in this city, Sunday, May 12, 1907. Monroe Yates was the son of George and Maria Hinman Yates, and grandson of Geo. W. Hinman, one of the pioneers of this county, who entered the land on which the east side of Griggsville is located. He was born on Hinman Prairie, January 11, 1840. His early life was spent on the farm. He received his education at the district school and the Perry high school, later on attending the Quincy college, now Chaddock college. December 23, 1873, he was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Lavina Simpkin, who died January 3, 1904. To them were born two children, George Simpkin, who died March 14th, 1903 and Thomas Monroe. Mr. Yates is the last of the old business firm of George Yates & Sons, which was organized in the early sixties, and for many years did an extensive business in farming, and stock raising. On the death of the senior member, was subsequently conducted under the firm name of W. H & M. Yates. Some years ago he met with a painful accident, from which he never recovered, and was a constant sufferer therefrom. Monroe Yates was a public spirited man and generous to his friends and family. As a business man he stood with the foremost in this county. His judgment of men and business investments was of high order. In all matters of public or private character he had an opinion, and when called upon gave the subject his best interpretation. Mr. Yates was a member of Griggsville Lodge, No. 45, A. F. and A Masons, the Royal Arch Masons of Perry, and Ascalon Commandery, K T., of Pittsfield, the latter of which expected to conduct the service at the grave, but the inclement weather pre vented. The funeral services were held at St James Episcopal church on Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock, Rev. L. D. Crandall officiating, after which he was laid to rest in the family lot in the city cemetery. The bearers were Dr. T. S. Hitch, Rufus Hitch, John Lasbury, Jr., Thos. Simpkin, Jr., Robert Hopkins and Page Hatch. Of his immediate family, who are here to mourn their loss are his son, Thomas Monroe, his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Grace A. Yates; Margaret, Jefferson and Deihl Yates, grandchildren, his brother Edward Yates of Pittsfield, four sisters, Mrs. J. W. Rush, of Hinman Prairie; Mrs. J. W. Fisher, of Kansas City; Mrs. Jefferson Orr, of Pittsfield and Mrs. L. W. McMahan, of this place.
Contributed by Sandi Donaldson
YATES, THOMAS MONROE - One of the most widely known farmers and business men in Pike county, died at his home in Griggsville at 11:55 o'clock Sunday night. Death was caused by meningitis and came after an Illness of only three days. His sickness and death came as a shock to his relatives and many friends. Mr. Yates under went a nasal operation in Springfield Monday, but was not taken sick until Thursday, when meningitis developed. Nurses were secured to attend his case, and Friday, Dr. J. A. Koch, of Quincy, and Dr. A. E. Prince, of Springfield, were called for consultation with Dr. H. C. Loveless. Dr. Koch and Dr. Walter D. Stevenson, of Quincy were present Saturday. No hopes for Mr. Yates' recovery ever was given by any of the physicians. Mr. Yates was born in Griggsville May 18, 1884. He was the second son of the late Monroe Yates and Lavina Simpkin Yates, and a grandson of Thomas and Anne Warton Simpkin, and George and Maria Hinman Yates, all of whom were prominent in the early history of the county. He was confirmed in the St. James' Episcopal church when twelve years old. Mr. Yates received his early education in the Griggsville Public schools, and later supplemented this in the University of Illinois, where he was a student in agriculture. He was married to Miss Margaret Triplett in Quincy, Ill., October 7, 1911. His wife and daughter Marianne, aged 2 years, are the only immediate relatives surviving. Mr. Yates assumed the responsibilities of life at an early age. When twenty-one years old he took up the management of the estate to which he fell heir upon the death of his father. It was at this time also that he became guardian and trustee of his nieces and nephew, Margaret, Jefferson and Deihl Yates. Five years ago he bought a half interest in the Pike Milling Company. In these varied enterprises, Mr. Yates was uniformly successful. In the business world he won the respect and confidence of all his associates largely through the kindly personality and depth of character so well known and appreciated by the members of his family and intimate friends. The funeral was held at two o'clock this afternoon at the Yates home. The Rt. Rev. Bishop Edward Fawcett, of Quincy, conducted the services. Interment was made in the Griggsville Cemetery. Among the out of town relatives and friends here for the funeral were Edw. Yates, Mrs. Jefferson Orr, Mr. and Mrs. L. T. Graham, Pittsfield; L. E. Hitch, Walter Stead, Mrs. Norman Keith, Chicago; Harris Triplett, Stuttgart, Ark.; Roger Triplett, Emporia, Kansas; Prof. David Felmley, Normal; Roy Hitch, Springfield; Mr. and Mrs. Raphael Shoemaker, Jacksonville; Miss Ada Triplett, Mrs. Alice Brengleman, Miss Electa Meredith, Perry.
Contributed by Sandi Donaldson
YATES, W. H. - The death of William H. Yates occurred yesterday afternoon at about 3:30 o'clock. He had been in poor health for several years, and some time ago suffered an attack of an apopleptic nature. He visited a number of health resorts and sanitariums, but derived no permanent benefit from any of them. Mr. Yates was one of the wealthy and prominent citizens of this county, and was held in the highest regard by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance. He was born in this township Sept 28, 1837, and has all his life been engaged in farming and stock raising and shipping stock. The firm of W. H. and M. Yates, is well known in all the large stock markets east and west. Mr. Yates was one of the first directors o the Griggsville National Bank, and was at the time of his death vice-president of the institution. He was president o the Pike Milling company, and a Mason. He leaves a wife, formerly Miss Ravenscroft, of Versailles, and a daughter, Marie, an only child; also two brothers and four sisters, Monroe Yates his partner in the stock business; Col Edward Yates, of Pittsfield; Mrs. Jerome Rush, of Hinman Prairie; Mrs. J. W. Fisher of Kansas City, Mo.; Mrs. M. Y. McMahan of this city, and Mrs. Ella M. Orr, wife of Judge Jefferson Orr, of Pittsfield. The funeral services will be held at the family residence this afternoon at 4 o'clock, Revs. J. A. Kumler of Springfield and Abner Clark of this city officiating. Interment will be at Versailles Ill., tomorrow at 9:30 a. m.
Submitted by Sandi Donaldson from a newspaper clipping from a Pike county scrapbook
YELLIOTT, MARY (BURLEND) - Was born in Yorkshire, England, Jan. 13, 1815, and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Aaron Loveless, near Detroit, Ill., Jan. 4, 1889, after twelve days of prostration from paralysis, during which time she was not permitted to speak or recognize any one. She was united in marriage to Mr. Luke Yelliott, in England, in the year 1840, and in 1842 they came to America, and settled in Pike county, Illinois. Her husband died in the faith of Christ about three years ago. To them were born nine children, seven of whom are living, who mourn their loss, but hope to meet in heaven their loved ones, who "shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father." Sister Yelliott became a member of the Methodist Episcopal church at Bethel in the year 1844, and was ever after a faithful and devout follower of Christ, exerting a godly in-fluence in the community over her friends and neighbors, but more especially over her own household, bringing up her children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, whose faith they follow. Two weeks before her fatal illness she, as usual, attended class at Detroit, and gave her last testimony, and with holy rapture spoke of the love of God, and her hope of heaven, as if she realized that her Master would soon I say: "Tis enough; come up higher." On Sunday, Jan. 6, at 11 a. m., her funeral was preached by the writer to a very large congregation of sympathizing friends and neighbors, after which her body was laid in the silent tomb in the beautiful cemetery in the churchyard. "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord; yea, saith the Spirit, they shall rest from their labors and their works do follow them."
Transcribed by Delaine Donaldson, from an old scrapbook containing newspaper clippings.
YOKEM, CATHERINE ALZINA - only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Solomon Yokem of Rockport, Ill., was born at the Yokem homestead near Rockport on April 24, 1906, and departed this life at the family home on January 25, 1926 at the age of 19 years, 8 months and 29 days. The father, Mr. Solomon Yokem, a member of one of the oldest and widest known families of Pike county died a little less than a year ago. Catherine attended the Walnut Grove school near her home during the earlier years of her school life and in the fall of 1919 entered the Barry schools where she continued her studies for a period of two years, making her home with her aunt, Mrs. Anna Terry Meyer. During this time she united with the First Baptist Church of Barry, of which church she was a member at the time of her death. Prior to his residence in Barry she was a devoted attendant of the Baptist Sunday school of Pleasant Hill. While in Barry she was a faithful and well-remember member of the class of young ladies taught by Mrs. L. H. Hadsell. Her residence in Barry endeared her to many friends who most sincerely mourn her early departure. In the fall of 1921 she entered Hardin College of Mexico, Mo. She finished the academic course there last year, and was enrolled at the time of her last sickness as a member of the college freshman class. She was bright and capable and gave promise of a very useful life. The Hon. E. A. Shannon, judge of the Probate Court and President of the Executive Committee of the Official Board of the college was present as a the representative of the President, Dr. Vaughn, who was unable to be present; the faculty was represented by Miss Berta Blasingame, teacher of English. Each made appropriate remarks in estimation of Catherine as a student while in the college. Among the nearer relatives who mourn her death are her mother, Mrs. Solomon Yokem and brother William of Rockport, one step-brother, the Rev. Eugene Neubauer of Fairmont, West Virginia; five aunts, Mrs. Anna Terry Meyer of Barry, Ill.; Mrs. T. M. Watson of Des Moines, Iowa; Mrs. L. N. Hall of Pomona, California; Mrs. Fannie Godwin of Louisiana, Mo.; Mrs. Nettie Shaw of Summer Hill; three uncles, Eugene Terry of Chicago; Frank Terry of Cincinnati, Ohio and Mr. George Terry of Barry, Ill., together with many other relatives and a large circle of friends. The funeral was conducted from the family home on Thursday, Jan. 8, 1925 by the Rev. T. Elmer Jones B. D. of the First Baptist Church of Barry. The music was furnished by a mixed quartet composed of Mesdames Ada Bybee, Clarice Godwin and Messrs. Clarence Thomas and Dr. Goodman. Mrs. T. Elmer Jones of Barry sang, "Abiding" by Teale, accompanied by Miss Corrinne Jones. Catherine was buried in Wells Cemetery where sleep four generation of Yokems. Hardin plans to hold a memorial service in commemoration of her residence and work there. Truly it is a sad loss to have her go, not only to the home but also to the world which she was fitted pastor expresses the wish of all so well to serve. The writer joins their many friends in extending to Mrs. Yokem and the family sincere sympathy for the untimely death of Catherine.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson
YOKEM, GUY B. - 72, of Pleasant Hill, died Monday, July 31, 1972 at 4:50 p.m. in Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield. His death followed a long illness. Mr. Yokem, a son of Curtis and Jennie Alberta Brant Yokem, was born August 28, 1899. He married Velma Guthrie on July 27, 1922. He was a member of the Christian Church, AF & AM Masonic Lodge and the Lions Club. Mr. Yokem owned and operated a poultry house in Pleasant Hill and later owned and operated the Yokem Insurance and Real Estate Agency in Pleasant Hill. Surviving are the widow: a son, Edwin C. Yokem of Pleasant Hill; a daughter, Mrs. Jack (Phyllis) Etter of Effingham; two sisters, Mrs. Elmer (Faye) Martin and Mrs. H. B. (Eva) Berry, both of Pleasant Hill; six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. A son, Dean Yokem was killed in Italy in World War II. Services were held Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. in Ward Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Ronald Eaker officiating. Burial was in Crescent Heights Cemetery.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson
YOKEM, SOLOMON - Born Oct. 4th, 1842 - Died March 23rd, 1924. Buried at Wells Cemetery, Pleasant Hill, At the age of 81 years, 5 months and 19 days. By reason of great strength he was an actor in the drama of life for the period of eighty-one years, at the most momentous time in the world's history. A period in which the ingenuity of man has reached farther into the mysterious realms of nature, and brought to light resources which had been hidden through the ages, and during this eighty-one years has been made to yield to the subtle touch of the scientific hand, guided by the fertile brain of ingenuous man. Solomon was born in 1842 at the same place where he died on Sunday morning March 23rd, 1924. No history of the life of our friend who so recently unexpectedly passed away can be complete without saying something of his Grandparents, his Parents, his Uncles and Aunts. His Grandparents were Solomon and Elizabeth, Solomon born in Virginia and Elizabeth in Kentucky they came to Pike County, Mo., in 1816 when William Yokem father of Solomon now deceased was an infant being born in the year 1816, subsequently in the year 1833 they came to Pike County, Ill., residing here continuously since that time. The children of Solomon and Elizabeth Yokem who lived to reach manhood and womanhood were seven: William the father of the deceased, Dudley, Henry, and Marion, a daughter Amelia, was the mother of the elder members of the family of Gay, many of whom now reside in Pike Co., and many are scattered in other parts of the country. Mary Ann who married James Griffith was the mother of Dudley of this vicinity, and of Jas. and Halleck living in other parts of the country. Catherine who married Wm. Ferguson and afterward married Henry Buchanan, children now surviving are Jane Capps of Bloomington, Ill., Fannie Peters of California and Catherine Capps of this county. But more particularly of the four stalwart sons of Solomon the grandfather of William, Dudley, Henry and Marion, who grew to young manhood and were physical specimens of which we see very few at the present day, Dudley and Henry almost giants physically, passed away under the age of fifty. The only surviving child of Dudley, Mrs. Belle McBride of California, the only surviving child of Henry, Curtis Yokem of this vicinity, the surviving children of Marion are Mrs. Lou Shaw of this county and Mrs. Alice Sapp of Hammond, Ind. Surviving Solomon, the children of William are Mrs. Bernetta Shaw of Summer Hill, Ill., and Mrs. Fannie Godwin of Louisiana, Mo. More has been crowded into the life tenure of Solomon Yokem who today rests from the arduous tasks of life, than has been allotted to most persons of his age, coming into the activities of life about the time or before the telegraph came into use, he soon saw the Atlantic cable laid beneath the ocean's foaming depths, which made possible the communications of man to man through the agency of an electrically charged wire, from the western continent to the eastern continent beneath the rolling waves of the ocean. Not long after this he saw the attempted division of the American union where brother went to war against brother and the wave of conflict devastated the fair fields of the central and southern states, and when peace dawned, culminated in that proclamation which fell from the lips of the martyred Lincoln on the first of January 1864, when he proclaimed in immortal accents that henceforward the children of God should be free from that myriad of slaves to be put on no more by their former owners or taskmasters, in those strenuous days Solomon saw Illinois send her best and made possible these inspired words:
"Not without thy wondrous story -- Illinois, Illinois, Can be writ the nation's glory -- Illinois, Illinois, Inn the records of thy years -- Abraham Lincoln's name appears, Grant and Logan and our tears, -- Illinois, Illinois". Passing on during his young manhood he saw the railroads being built nearer at a time when western central Illinois had only a few miles of railroad. From his seat on the front porch of this dwelling which he has occupied probably half a century he could see over the Mississippi bottom when it was a cattle range where many a time he swam his saddle horse getting cattle off the prairie out of the inundation of the Mississippi River. In 1871 from his same place on the porch he saw the engines of the Chicago and Alton, moving the commerce of the nation through his old cattle range, which in about 1876 was organized into a levee and drainage district, the river was levied and the cattle ranges became the bottom farms of Southern Pike and Adams counties, when one hundred thousand acres of these lands were reclaimed for agricultural purposes. Time flies: And has been flying and ere Solomon closed his eyes to the scenes of time, he saw further communication where a person could stand at one end of an electric wire and converse with another person at the other end without having to be a telegraph operator. The horseless carriage came; and the earth and the air and the ocean continued to yield to the ingenuity of man, the inventions calculated to ameliorate the condition of mankind, progressed no faster than the engines of death and destruction, which now hurl from infernal machines missiles of death from the air, from the earth, from the sea, and from under the sea, and this make havoc of human life. From his same seat on the porch or near by in the closing months of his life equipped with the latest creation of the electrical wizard he could take his radio and hear the voices of the merry makers, the solemn words of eulogy to the memory of some one who like himself had laid down the working tools of life. He could hear the commercial transactions and price quotations of the commerce of the nation, he could hear what the weather would be for the morrow, whether sunshine or shadow from all parts of the country from Plymouth Rock to the land of the setting sun. After all this he rests, but as life lasted he rested not. At the age of twenty-five years he became active in the management of his father's business and soon his own business. His father William died in 1895 and his landed estate was divided among his four surviving children and the heirs of a deceased son. The commissioners made it possible that Solomon became the owner of his birthplace and the seat on the porch became his own property. In March 1902 he was married to Mrs. Margaret Terry Neubauer and to the were born two children Wm. Clay and Catherine, who with his widow survive him and who today have the sympathy of their host of friends on this day of mourning. With somewhat curtailed responsibilities since the death of his father in 1895 and since his marriage in 1902 he has devoted much of his time to his family but always energetic and industrious in the prosecution of his business until declining years slowed his energies, since which time he could not do so much with his hands but his mind was ever alert and active. He was generous to his fellow man, not an active worker in the church yet few churches have been built in this community in which Uncle Sol was not a contributor, the memory of these kindly acts and similar kind and generous assistance to private individuals will live after him. He has in late years paid great attention to the education of his children, trying to do all that was necessary to fit them for lives of usefulness. His life tenure of four score and one is ended, naked he came into world in 1842, in 1924 he leaves the scenes of life's activities taking nothing with him except the garments in which he is to enter the silent portals of the tomb, but he leaves many things behind him worthy of the emulation of the generation which is to follow. Seasoned to that manner of life of industry which he has led, he was not a highly polished gem such as would be found in other avenues of life, but he was endowed with sterling honesty which is more to be prized than polished diamonds and precious stones. One who has known him and much of his life work can say that those who knew him most intimately were his staunchest friends, and will miss many of the kindly deeds that adorned his life, and which will be appreciated more after his departure as the years roll by, he was a farmer personally and not by proxy, no trips to the milder climes to avoid the rigors of the northern winter, no pilgrimage to the northern lakes to avoid the torrid rays of a summer's sun were his, but since the days his young hands found something to do, Solomon has been continuously on the job, and now at the time of his departure we will all miss him, as we pass the stone walled premises he will be missed from the place that has known his presence for so many years. Today we lay him to rest in the sleeping place of the dead to the future care of which he has lately contributed so liberally, near the resting place of the fathers and grandfathers of the Yokems, overlooking the Mississippi valley which has been the scene of his life's activities. And as we say farewell to our departed friend let us reflect on the beautiful lines of Alfred Tennyson, Crossing the Bar, "Sunset and evening star, And one clear call for me! And may there be no moaning of the bar, When I put out to sea, But such a tide as moving seems asleep, Too full for sound and foam, When that which drew from out the boundless deep, Turns again home. Twilight and evening bell, And after that the dark! And may there be no sadness of farewell, When I embark; For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place, The flood may bear me far, I hope to see my Pilot face to face. When I have crossed the bar." Prepared by I. D. Webster, his life long neighbor and read at his funeral by Rev. Homer Brown.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson - The Weekly Messenger, Wednesday, April 2, 1924 (from the Harman House Museum)
YOKEM, SOLOMON OTIS - 75, died at his home southeast of Pleasant Hill at 2:30 Sunday morning. He had been ill for several months. Mr. Yoken was born in Ross township, Dec. 19, 1886, a son of Henry and Hattie Weaver Yokem. He attended the Christian church. He was married to Della Jennings Nov. 20, 1928.Surviving are his widow, and several nieces and nephews. Two brothers and a sister preceded him in death. Funeral services were held in Coultas funeral home in Pleasant Hill at 2, Tues. afternoon, May 12, 1962, with the Rev. Robert Gulledge officiating. Burial was in Crescent Heights cemetery.
Transcribed by Christine Walters
YOKEM, SOLOMON - Eldest son of William H. and Jennie Thompson Yokem, was born near Rockport, Illinois, on November 26, 1900. He grew to young manhood on the farm where his pioneering ancestors had settled near Atlas and attended the grade schools of Pike county and high school at Rockport, Illinois and Louisiana, Missouri, where he graduated in 1919. After taking a course a Gem City Business College he accepted a position in St. Louis, where he worked for a while. In 1925 he was married to Miss Mabel Cordevant to which union two children were born, a daughter, Mary Louise and a son, James William Yokem. He settled in Pleasant Hill, where he built a home and lived for several years. When the present war broke out he became anxious to do his bit in a war plant, so he obtained employment in a steel treating plant. He was stricken ill with pneumonia on February 2 and when the seriousness of his condition was realized he was take to Bethany hospital where everything known to medical science was done to save his life and after an illness of 22 days his weakened heart could no longer stand the strain. He passed away February 24, 1945 at the age of 44 years, 2 months and 28 days. His father, William H. Yokem and a sister, Mrs. William Pfrimmer having preceded him in death. He leaves to mourn his loss his wife, Mrs. Mabel Yokem, daughter, Mary Louise, son, James, his mother Mrs. Jennie Yokem, sisters, Mrs. Paul Nichols and Mrs. Wm. Payne, Jr., and a brother, Henry Yokem, all residents of Pike County. Besides nieces, nephews and cousins and a host of other relatives and friends. He was a kind and loving husband, a good father and a dutiful son. Even during the most critical period of his illness his thoughts were not of self but of the comforts of his loved ones. An honest and upright citizen his loss is keenly felt by all who knew and loved him. Funeral services were held in the Baptist Church in Pleasant Hill, Tuesday afternoon, February 27, by Eld. Wm. T. Guthrie. Burial was in Crescent Heights Cemetery in Pleasant Hill.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson