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Jesse E. YOHE

Jesse E. Yohe, a well-known jewelry merchant of Decatur, has resided in this city for the past fifteen years. He was born in Monogahela, Pennsylavania, a son of John S. and Amanda S. Yohe. The father was a carriage manufacturer and in the year 1880 he left Pennsylvania and removed with his family to Mount Vernon, Ohio, where he remained for seven years and then came to Illinois, the family home being established in Shelbyville, Shelby county. The father again engaged in carriage manufacturing, but later turned his attention to agricultural pursuits, conducting a farm in the southern part of the state.

Mr. Yohe of this review accompanied his parents on their removal to Ohio and to Illinois. he pursued his education in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and after his father began farming he assisted him in the cultivation of fields and meadows on the home place in southern Illinois. In 1901 the family removed to Macon county and here the father again engaged in farming. he is still living in this country. Unto him and his wife were born ten children, four sons and six daughters, all of whom yet survive with one exception.

It was in the year 1889 that Jesse E. Yohe arrived in Decatur. He was then quite young and he entered the service of H. Post as an errand boy, but his ability, faithful performance of his duties and close adherence to his work gradually won him advancement and trust of his employers is shown by the fact that he remained for fourteen years in the services of H. Post & Son, learning the watchmaker's and jeweler's trade during that time and becoming an efficient workman. In March, 1903, he resigned his posision and purchased of E.J. Harpstrite the jewelry store at No. 146 East Prairie avenue. This he is now now conducting and it is recognized as one of the best jewelry stores in this part of the state.

Mr. Yohe is a member of Macon Lodge No. 8, A.F & A.M., also belongs to En Ami Lodge No. 593, K.P. and to the Modern Woodmen Camp, No. 1626. Socially he is connected with the Iroquois Club, of this city. He is one of the popular and prominent business men of Decatur and his establishment is well conducted, he handling a large line of fine jewelry goods, which in its attractive arrangements wins the attention of the public and secures a liberal share of the general patronage. Mr. Yohe is genial in manner and his unfailing courtesy and deference for the opinions of others have won him the high regard of young and old, rich and poor.

From Past and Present of Decatur and Macon County, 1903, p. 625 - 626

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George S. YOUNG

Was born in County Down, Ireland, November 14th, 1820. The Young family, are natives of Ireland and of Scotch ancestry. Robert Young, the father of George S. was a merchant and manufacturer of boots and shoes, and carried on an extensive business. He emigrated with a part of his family to America in 1832, and settled in New York; went from there to Ohio, where he died in 1837. He married Elizabeth Martin; she died in Ireland in 1826. There were eleven children in the family, seven sons and four daughters. Two of the children have survived the parents, viz.; Elizabeth, and the subject of this sketch, who is the youngest son. He while in Ohio followed ditching, building mill-dams and clearing land. In 1848 he came west, and stopped in the southern part of Illinois, in Marion county, where he bought out a claim. In the fall of 1848 he came to Piatt county, and took a job of digging a mill-race. He afterwards ditched in DeWitt county. In 1852 he traded his land in Marion county for land in Champaign county, and afterwards entered land in the same county. He traded that land for two hundred acres in section 18, T18, R4E. This was in the years 1852-3. He then took charge of his father-in-law's farm, and remained so employed until 1854, when he commenced improving his own land in section 18. It was raw land, and all the improvements have been placed there by him. He has remained to the present time, and has a fine farm under cultivation. On the first of June, 1852, he was united in marriage to Mill Otillia Long, daughter of Joseph D. Long, who was among the early settlers of Macon county. Mrs. Young was born in Pickaway county, Ohio, and came west with her parents when she was seven years of age. By this union there have been seven children, five of whom are living. Their names are Clara, wife of Newton Bricker; Ada, Joseph L., John Oscar, and Nellie G. Young. Winfield S. died at the age of nine years, and Margaret J. at six years. Mr. Young is an honored member of the order of Free Masonry. He joined the Monticello Lodge, and became a mason in 1849. He is now a member of Maroa Lodge No 454, and Monticello Chapter, R.A.M., No. 48. Politically he was originally an old-line Whig, and cast his first prsidential vote for Henry Clay in 1844. In 1856 he joined the republican party, and has continued a member of that political organization to the present time. Mr. Young is a warm-hearted, generous man, like the most of his countrymen. In his neighborhood he is respected by all who know him, and is regarded as an honorable and honest man, and upright citizen.

History of Macon Co., Illinois, p. 202

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