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A Standard History of Allen County, Ohio
Vol. II

by Wm. Rusler - Publ.


  JAMES M. YANT.  Among the citizens occupying responsible positions in the business world of Allen County, one who has thoroughly vindicated the faith placed in him by his associates and the public is James M. Yant, manager of the West Cairo Farmers Elevator.  During his career Mr. Yant has exemplified an inherent integrity and deep-seated principles of right, and these qualities have communicated themselves to the various enterprises with which his name has been connected.
     Mr. Yant was born in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, Feb. 5, 1859, a son of Noah B. and Drusilla M. (Miller) Yant, natives of Carroll County, the former born Apr. 27, 1827, and the latter Apr. 7, 1828.  They were educated in Carroll County where they grew to maturity and were married, following which event they settled on a farm in Carroll County, on which they lived until October, 1864.  At that time they came to Allen County and settled near West Cairo, where they rounded out useful and honorable careers in the pursuits of agriculture.  Mr. Yant was a republican, and the confidence in which he was held by his fellow-citizens was evidenced by his election for some years as a member of the Board of Township Trustees.  Mr. and Mrs. Yant were faithful and active members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  They had five sons and two daughters:  James M.; W. H., of Paulding, clerk of Paulding County, Ohio; Hugh, a merchant at Toledo; J. K., a clerk in the United States Post Office at Lima; Samantha, the wife of Lewis Lawrence, of Toledo; Sarah, the wife of J. M. Waltz, of Durand, Michigan; and a son who died in infancy.
     James M. Yant was a youth he accompanied his parents to Monroe Township, Allen County, and there his education was acquired in the district schools.  He acted as his father's assistant on the home farm until he was twenty years of age, at which time he began to teach in the country schools, and that formed his principal occupation until the time of his marriage.  On Nov. 21, 1879, Mr. Yant was united in marriage with Miss Ina Hartzog, and in October, 1881, went to Kansas and purchased an interest in a farm, on which he made his home for eleven years.  Selling out, he returned to Allen County and engaged in agricultural pursuits for six years, then embarking in the butchering business, which he followed seven years.  Returning to the home farm he again associated himself with his father, and at the elder man's death bought out the interests of the other heirs and continued to operate the property until November, 1913, when he removed to Lima.
     Mr. Yant's first wife died June 16, 1912, having been the mother of four children:  Perry L., the San Francisco representative of the Bowser Tank Company of Fort Wayne, Indiana; Nina B., the wife of O. E. Vincent of Lima; Emma, the wife of C. L. Fowler of Lima; and Pearl L., a graduate of the Lima Business College, who was with the Lima Home Savings Bank as assistant secretary for fifteen years, and is now identified with C. L. Dunn of Zanesville.
     On June 23, 1915, Mr. Yant married Miss Elizabeth Martz, who is well known in this community and an active member of the Christian Church.  Mr. and Mrs. Yant served as superintendent and matron of the Allen County Infirmary for three years, at the end of which time they came to West Cairo, Mr. Yant embarking in the grocery and general store business.  He disposed of his interests therein in December, 1919, and July 1, 1920, took charge as manager of the West Cairo Farmers Elevator of West Cairo, a position in which he has served very efficiently ever since.  Mr. Yant is a member of West Cairo Lodge No. 485, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of which he is a past noble grand, and of Lima Encampment, of which he is past chief patriarch.  He is a republican in politics.  His appointment as superintendent of the Infirmary came entirely unsolicited and in various other ways he has been shown that he is held in the highest confidence by those among whom his worthy and industrious career has been passed.
Source:  A Standard History of Allen County, Ohio - Vol. II - Publ. Chicago: Warner i.e. Warner, Beers & Co., 1921 - Page 302

Source:  A Standard History of Allen County, Ohio - Vol. II - Publ. Chicago: Warner i.e. Warner, Beers & Co., 1921 - Page 249


Source:  A Standard History of Allen County, Ohio - Vol. II - Publ. Chicago: Warner i.e. Warner, Beers & Co., 1921 - Page 204

  EDWARD C. YOUNGPETER.  The gentleman to whom the reader's attention is herewith directed is one of the best known farmers of Marion Township, Allen County, and one of his community's most representative citizens.  Earnest perseverance, careful management and a willingness to work in the face of all obstacles are the elements which have brought him prosperity, and while he has labored for his own advancement he has at the same time ever been vigilant in his efforts to forward the general interests of the community.
     Edward C. Youngpeter, whose fine farm is located one mile southeast of Landeck and four miles southwest of Delphos, was born on the farm which he now owns on the 15th day of January, 1876, and he is a son of Adam and Louise (Freund) Youngpeter, the former of whom was born in Seneca County, Ohio, on July 3, 1847.  His wife was born in Alsace-Lorraine, Germany, on Mar. 13, 1852, came to the United States in 1871, when nineteen years of age, and her death occurred in 1908.  She first located in Seneca County, Ohio, where she remained a short time, and then came to Landeck in Spencer Township.  She was married to Adam Youngpeter in the Landeck Catholic Church, and then they settled on the farm in Marion Township where Edward C. Youngpeter now lives, and there they made their home until 1899, when they retired and moved to Landeck to make their future home.  They were members of the Catholic Church and in politics Mr. Youngpeter was an adherent of the democratic party.  To this worthy couple were born four children, as follows:  Hubert, of landeck; Edward C., the immediate subject of this sketch; Anna, the wife of Stephen Krugh of Ottawa, Ohio; Emma, wife of Lawrence Koester also of Ohio.
     Edward C. Youngpeter has spent practically his entire life on the farm where he was born and which he now owns.   He was educated in the district schools of his home community, and he has never forsaken the pursuit of agriculture.  He maintains the farm at a high standard of agricultural excellence, raising all the crops common to this locality.  He also gives considerable attention to the breeding and raising of life stock, handling Poland China hogs and Aberdeen Polled cattle.  His farm contains many substantial and up-to-date improvements and its general appearance reflects credit on its owner.
     On May 10, 1899, Mr. Youngpeter was married to Francis Williams, who was born in Marion Township, one-half mile west of Landeck, the daughter of Frank and Margaret Williams.  To their union have been born five children, namely:  Adam, who is unmarried and remains at home; Marcella, Lucy, Agnes and Clarence.  The family are members of the Catholic Church at Landeck, of which Mr. Youngpeter is secretary and a trustee.  Politically he is a democrat and has taken an active interest in party affairs, being at the present time a member of the County Central Committee.  He is now serving his fourth terms as a trustee of Marion Township, his continued re-election being district evidence of his honesty and capability as a public official.  He is the owner of 140 acres of land, is a stockholder in the Farmers Exchange; is a director of the Allen county Fair Board; and a stockholder in the People's Bank of Delphos.  He is public spirited and enterprising, giving his support to all measures for the advancement of the locality, and as a friend and neighbor he combines the qualities of head and heart which have won confidence and commanded respect.
Source:  A Standard History of Allen County, Ohio - Vol. II - Publ. Chicago: Warner i.e. Warner, Beers & Co., 1921 - Page 278



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