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WILLIS ISAIAH YEATES, a well-to-do farmer and stockman of Mingo township, is one of Bates county’s representative citizens. Mr. Yeates was born November 24, 1846, in Kentucky, a son of John D. and Anna Elizabeth (Boone) Yeates. Anna Elizabeth (Boone) Yeates was a great-niece of Daniel Boone, the most famous of American scouts, pioneers, and hunters. Mr. and Mrs. Yeates came to this state from Kentucky in 1851 and located in Franklin county on Labadie bottom land. They came to Bates county in 1883 and settled on a farm in Mingo township, where they spent the remainder of their lives. John D. Yeates purchased the country place, where his son, Willis Isaiah, now resides and at one time his estate embraced two hundred five acres of valuable farm land in Mingo township. Mr. Yeates was engaged in farming and stock raising. To John D. and Anna E. Yeates were born the following children: Willis Isaiah, the subject of this sketch; John Thomas, who now resides in Texas; William Samuel, deceased; Mrs. Martha Mildred Shelton, New Haven, Franklin county, Missouri; James E., Seattle, Washington; Mrs. Mary E. Doherty, of Mingo township, Bates county, Missouri; and Mrs. Rose Ingham, of Henry county. Samuel Boone, a brother of Anna Elizabeth (Boone) Yeates, erected the first building, a cabin, in Paola, Kansas, at a time when the Miami Indians still haunted that section of the country. The father and mother both died in Mingo township, Bates county, and they are buried in Cove Creek cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. John D. Yeates were held in the highest respect and esteem in their community and they were widely and favorably known throughout Bates county.
Willis I. Yeates received his education in the public schools of Franklin county, Missouri. On account of the necessarily primitive conditions of pioneer life and the hardships imposed by the Civil War, Mr. Yeates enjoyed but few educational advantages or opportunities of any sort. The school house which he attended was a rude log structure, having a dirt floor. He came to Bates county in 1883 and purchased eighty acres of land, which he still owns, and to his original holdings he has since added two tracts of land, one comprising eighty acres, the other twenty-two acres of timber land. Mr. Yeates built his present residence in 1909, situated on the Urich and Creighton road. The Yeates place is nicely improved and well kept. Mr. Yeates is not now actively engaged in farm work, but rents his land.
June 3, 1908 Willis I. Yeates and Kate L. Board were united in marriage. Kate L. (Board) Yeates is a daughter of John and Mary (Duvall) Board, who came to Bates county in 1875. Both parents of Mrs. Yeates are now deceased and their remains are interred in Oak Hill cemetery in Spruce township. Mr. and Mrs. John Board were the parents of the following children: Thomas Board, Rockville, Missouri; James W., Altona, Missouri; Mrs. Annie Stayton, Aaron, Missouri; Mrs. Eleanor Poage, Marshall, Missouri; Mrs. Cora McRoberts, Adrian, Missouri; Mrs. Ida Rexrode, Adrian, Missouri. By a former marriage Mr. Yeates is the father of one child, a son, John Thomas, of Mingo township.
Fraternally, Mr. Yeates is affiliated with the Wadesburg lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons at Creighton, Missouri and was formerly a member of the Johnstown lodge. In earlier days, Judge Estes Smith and Mr. Yeates together attended the meetings of the Wadesburg lodge. Mr. Yeates has always taken an active interest in the public affairs of his township and county and he is recognized as a public-spirited citizen in his community.
History of Bates County, Missouri, by W.O. Atkeson, (1918). Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

JOHN T. YOSS, proprietor of “Shaw Branch Stock Farm” in Rockville township, Bates county, is one of the progressive and prosperous agriculturists and stockmen of western Missouri. Mr. Yoss was born in Rockville township at the Yoss homestead located one and a half miles east of Prairie City, Missouri, a son of John and Susanna (Stutzman) Yoss, the former, a  native of Switzerland, born in 1840 and the latter, a native of Switzerland, also. John Yoss came to the United States in 1871 and located in Bates county, Missouri where he settled on a farm in Rockville township. He purchased twenty acres of land at the time of his coming to Missouri and constantly added to his original holdings until he had acquired an estate of two hundred seventy-five acres of land. Mr. Yoss was a carpenter by trade and in addition to his farm work followed his trade in order to make his way in the new country. As a paying proposition, farming was in the early days not an alluring vocation and Mr. Yoss at one time sold his hogs for as little as three cents a pound, corn for fifteen cents a bushel. His son, John T., has in his possession the books kept by his father in the early days, books showing his income and expenses which are an interesting record, carefully kept and complete in every detail. Mr. Yoss, Sr., built the first silo in Bates county and it is still standing on the home place, a building made of native lumber and covered with corrugated iron. He was one of the leaders of his community and as such assisted in promoting many public utilities and enterprises. He was one of the organizers of the Prairie City Cheese Company and of the Bates County Farmers Mutual Fire Insurance Company and of the Lutheran church of Prairie City. John Yoss was secretary of the church for forty years and his son, Fred E., has succeeded him in this office of the church. John and Susanna (Stutzman) Yoss were the parents of the following children: John T., the subject of this review; Christian J., a skilled carpenter and shoemaker, who is employed in Appleton City, Missouri; Mary S., the wife of Christian Fuchs, of Bates county, Missouri; Fred E., Prairie City, Missouri; Albert H., of Rockville, Missouri, now owning eighty acres of home place; Lena, the wife of August Yorick, of Horton, Missouri; and Anna K., the wife of Leonard S. Hegnauer. The mother died in 1892. John Yoss was married a second time and to him and Annie (Fuchs) Yoss were born two sons: Reinhold, deceased; and Otto R., of Prairie City, Missouri. Mr. Yoss died January 10, 1916 and interment was made in the Lutheran cemetery at Prairie City, where Susanna Yoss, the mother of John T., the subject of this review, was laid to rest.
John T. Yoss attended a parochial school at Prairie City, Missouri first and later was a pupil in the district schools of his home township and educated at home. Mr. Yoss has been interested in agricultural pursuits practically all his life, was born and reared on the farm and has spent his entire life up to the time of this writing engaged in farm work. He is now the owner of a fine farm, comprising two hundred thirty acres of land in Rockville township, a beautiful country place located four miles west of Rockville. The improvements on “Shaw Branch Stock Farm” include a barn, 48 x 66 feet in dimensions, built in 1904, frame of native lumber, having a silo inside of barn, 14 x 30 feet in dimensions, one of the best in Rockville township; a large stock barn; cribs; and an attractive residence, a house of five rooms rebuilt in 1908. This farm is well watered by two never-failing wells and Shaw branch, which flows through the place. Mr. Yoss is a successful breeder of purebred and high grade Red Polled cattle and at the present time, in 1918, he has twenty head of cattle on the farm in addition to a large herd of mules, Poland China hogs, and a nice flock of Barred Plymouth Rock chickens. He has fourteen dairy cows and has followed the dairy business for eighteen years.
December 21, 1899, John T. Yoss was married to Louise Fischer, a daughter of John and Louise Fischer, of Pleasant Gap township. John and Louise Fischer were both born in Germany, he on March 5, 1840 and she on February 24, 1842. Mr. and Mrs. Fischer came from Germany to the United States in 1867 and they located at Collinsville, Illinois, thence to Kansas City, Missouri and in 1873 to Atchison, Kansas, coming thence to Pleasant Gap township, Bates county, about 1877. Mr. Fischer died January 14, 1908, and his widow now makers her home at Prairie City. Mrs. John T. Yoss has the following brothers and sisters living: Carl G., a carpenter of St. Louis, Missouri; John J., a farmer of Rockville, Missouri; Amelia, the wife of Carl L. Bracher; Albert W., of Pleasant Gap township, Bates county, Missouri; Lizzie, the wife of Joe Fleisher, of Rockville township, Bates county, Missouri; Anna, the wife of Henry Kehnhoff, of Wathena, Kansas; and Emma, the wife of John W. Marquardt, a well-to-do farmer of Prairie township, Bates county, Missouri. To John T. and Louise (Fischer) Yoss have been born five children: Reinhold R., Lydia L., Walter W., John J., and Agnes A.
Mr. Yoss has always manifested a most commendable interest in political and educational matters and has taken an active part in public affairs. He is the present competent and highly respected assessor of Rockville township and has filled the office of constable in a most capable manner. He has been a school director for many years and is one of the deacons of the Lutheran church of Prairie City. In financial matters, Mr. Yoss has been very successful and he is personally esteemed by his neighbors and a host of friends for his countless sterling characteristics and noble qualities of manhood. Rockville township points with pride to families such as the Yoss family and Bates county owes its present supremacy to the class of clear-headed, strong-armed yeomen, of which John T. Yoss is a most creditable representative.
History of Bates County, Missouri, by W.O. Atkeson, (1918). Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

GEORGE N. YOST, a successful farmer and stockman of Prairie township, proprietor of “George N. Yost Stock Farm” one mile north of Prairie City, is a representative of a pioneer family of Bates county. Mr. Yost is a son of “Nick” Yost, now a resident of Madison county, Illinois. “Nick” Yost is a son of Jonathan and Agatha (Ganser) Yost, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this volume.
In the public schools of Prairie City, Missouri, George N. Yost received his education. Practically all his life he has been engaged in agricultural pursuits in Prairie township, Bates county. In 1906, he purchased his present country place, a farm comprising ninety acres of land, formerly owned by his grandfather, Jonathan Yost. The “George N. Yost Stock Farm” is nicely improved, the improvements including a good barn, erected ten years ago, 20 x 36 feet in dimensions, having a sixteen-foot shed attached; a silo, 14 x 28 feet in dimensions, built on a concrete base; a crib, 25 x 32 feet in dimensions; several sheds; and the residence, a well-constructed house of two stories and six rooms, built in 1910. Mr. Yost has eighteen head of Holstein dairy cattle, of which two heifers are registered. He also owns a registered male Holstein. Mr. Yost sells the products from his dairy to the cheese factory at Prairie City.
In 1909, George N. Yost and Sophia Schapeler were united in marriage. Sophia (Schapeler) Yost is a daughter of Ferdinand and Katy (Kauffman) Schapeler, of Pleasant Gap township. Both parents of Mrs. Yost are now deceased. To George N. and Sophia Yost have been born three children: Vera, Helen, and Lloyd George.
Fraternally, George N. Yost is affiliated with the Papinsville Chapter No. 140, of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, joining in 1906. Mr. Yost is at present chairman of the Prairie township chapter of the Red Cross. Politically, he is a stanch supporter of the principles of the Republican party.
History of Bates County, Missouri, by W.O. Atkeson, (1918). Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

JONATHAN YOST, an honored pioneer of Bates county, Missouri, was born October 9, 1833, in one of the cantons of Switzerland. He is a son of Christian Yost, a member of Napoleon Bonaparte’s bodyguards. Mr. Yost came from his native land to America in 1851 and located first in the state of Wisconsin and was in Chicago when it was but a hamlet. He was very ill throughout the ocean voyage and was glad when the ship came to port. He spent some time in the city of Philadelphia and thence went to the state of Wisconsin. Mr. Yost has during his lifetime traveled very extensively, both in Europe and in the United States, has visited the countries of Germany, France, England, Ireland, and Scotland and worked in seventeen different states in the United States. He is well acquainted with the territory of Alsace Lorraine, which has figured so prominently in the present world war. From Wisconsin, Mr. Yost went to Tennessee in 1860. He was employed in the navy yards at St. Louis, Missouri, in 1862, and from St. Louis he moved with his family to Illinois and there located on a farm and engaged in agricultural pursuits. Mr. Yost came to Bates county, Missouri, from Illinois in 1878 and settled on a farm in Prairie township, a tract of land comprising one hundred sixty acres of productive soil formerly owned by Mr. Billman, and followed general farming. The place was slightly improved at the time of Mr. Yost’s purchase and he constantly labored bettering and adding to it. While in Tennessee, in the years prior to the Civil War, Jonathan Yost was employed as foreman of a large plantation by a wealthy slaveholder.
In Tennessee in 1860, Jonathan Yost and Agatha Ganser were united in marriage. Mrs. Yost was born January 10, 1842. To Jonathan and Agatha Yost have been born three children, two of whom are now living: “Nick,” of Madison county, Illinois; Anna, who died at the age of seven years; and Mary, the wife of William Woods, of Papinsville, Missouri. There are four generations of the Yost family represented among the living, namely: Jonathan, who makes his home with his grandson, George N., a sketch of whom will be found elsewhere in this volume; “Nick,” the son of Jonathan, now living in Illinois; George N., the son of “Nick,” the subject of a biographical review to be found in this book; and Lloyd George, the only son and youngest child of George N.
Fraternally, Jonathan Yost is a member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, with whom he affiliated in 1862 at Pocahontas, Illinois. He has long been one of the most conspicuous and familiar citizens of Bates county, one of the leading men of Prairie township, where he has been a resident for forty years. He has always manifested a deep and commendable interest in his county’s development and prosperity and has nobly done his part in furthering both. Although he is now far past the allotted span of human life, being at the time of this writing in his eighty-fifth year, Mr. Yost retains to a remarkable degree his bodily and mental vigor.
History of Bates County, Missouri, by W.O. Atkeson, (1918). Transcribed by Kim Mohler.
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