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George Yarnell, Lewistown, IL [and LA]
Posted by: Carol Page Tilson (ID *****2353) Date: January 09, 2010 at 23:15:39
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"History of Fulton County, Illinois; Together with Sketches of Its Cities . . . Portraits of Prominent Persons and Biographies of Representative Citizens [Chas C. Chapman & Co., Peoria, 1879], p. 999:

Geo. Yarnell, senior editor of The News-Chronicle, publsshed [sic] at Lewistown, is a native of Fayette county, Pa., where he was born Dec. 27, 1830. His father, Ellis Yarnell, was born in Pennsylvania, and was a farmer through life; he married Miss Hannah C. Taylor, of Pennsylvania; of their 8 children George was the eldest but one; he was but 2 years of age when his parents settled in Licking Co., O.; at 17 he went to Putnam, O., where in the office of the Western Recorder he learned the printer's trade. At the end of 2 years, on account of ill-health, he went to Missouri, where he rapidly recovered, and entered the office of the Liberty Tribune, published at Liberty, Mo., and there gained a large practical experience; afterward he became employed at Lexington and St. Louis; returning to Ohio he remained until 1854, when the California mining excitement was at its height. He crossed the plains with Russell, Waddell & Co., and after a wearisome trip of 4 months he landed at Marysville. Near Diamond Spring he began life as a miner; remained in California. 9 years; was also editor of the Placerville Daily News. He then returned to this county, where, near Lewistown, he bought farm property and followed agricultural life until 1869, when he again went to California, stopping at Los Angeles, where in connection with a younger brother he established the Los Angeles Daily Express, which hnd a very good circulation. In 1871 Mr. Yarnell permanently settled in Fulton county and followed farming until 1875, when he began the issue of the Weekly News.

Mr. Yarnell is a man of a family. In 1864 he was united in marriage with Miss Rosa [sic*] Ann Felkel, a daughter of John Felkel, of Lewistown township. They have 4 children -- John E., Mary M., Sarah A. and Jennie.

*George's wife was not Rosa, but Roxie Ann Felkel, b. 18 Feb 1841, Fulton Co., IL; d. 22 Dec 1902, probably Los Angeles Co., IL, the daughter of John Felkel and Diantha Clifford.

George also died in Los Angeles, CA. He and Roxie share a stone in Evergreen Cemetery, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., CA. An image of their marker is currently accessible on the Find A Grave site.

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