|Virgil Emerson Yates-|
was born in Flag Springs, Andrew County, Missouri, October 5, 1878, and is the son of John Leslie Yates, deceased and Mattie (Emerson) Yates, both native Kentuckians.
John Leslie Yates was the son of Weeden Smith Yates and Ermin Ella (Roberts) Yates, of Barren County, Kentucky. Weeden Smith Yates was a descendant of Capt. John Strother, of Culpeper County, Virginia, who served in the French and Indian Wars, and who served on the Committee of Safety, Culpeper, Virginia. He was also one of the thirteen ustices of the peace of Culpeper to sign protest against Stamp Act prior to the Boston Tea Party.
Mattie Emerson Yates was the daughter of Thomas Franklin Emerson and Lucy Margaret (Simpson) Emerson, of Wayne County, Kentucky. Thomas F. Emerson was the son of Col. Walter Emerson, a very prominent man of Wayne County, Kentucky, and who was a member of the Kentucky legislature, contemporary with Henry Clay.
Virgil Emerson Yates moved, when a boy, with his parents to King City, Missouri, and attended the school at that place, where he was graduated from the high school in 1895. Entered Gem City Business College at Quincy, Il, in 1896 and was graduated in 1897.
In 1892 he started the printer's trade. He worked in King City, Pattonsburg and Union Star during vacations and until 1898. He came to Bethany March 28th. He was employed on the Democrat with John A. and William T. Templeman. He went to St. Joseph in 1905 and was with the Combe Printing Company in capacity of assistant foreman and stock man for three years. Returned to Bethany in spring of 1909; he was made manger of the Bethany Printing Company and Bethany Republican on March 15, 1909. Later he became a member of the board of directors, secretary and treasurer of the company.
Mr. Yates was married June 19, 1902 to Marian L. Templeman, daughter of William A. and Emeline (Allen) Templeman. Three sons were born, Leslie Allen, deceased, William Emerson and Virgil Templeman.
He is a member of the Mahaska Lodge No. 205, Knights of Pythias, Miriam Lodge No. 129, I.O.O.F., Bethany Encampment No. 35, I.O.O. F., Oak Camp No. 37, W.O.W.. He has passed through the chairs of the I.O.O.F. orders. He was elected chairman of the Harrison County Chapter American Red Cross at its organization in 1917 and still chairman.
Source: History of Harrison County, Mo. Geo. Wanamaker, 1921]