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Wm. E. Yetter

William Edgar Yetter was born July 8th, 1859 near Webster, Ill., and passed away Feb. 15, 1933, at his home near Joetta, Ill., being 73 years, 7 months and 7 days of age.  Although he had been in declining health for several years his last illness was of only three weeks duration.  In spite of loving care he grew rapidly worse until death ended his suffering.  During this time he fully realized God was calling him and many times expressed himself to his faithful wife as being ready and willing to go.  His last conscious thought was for her future.  And he had even planned the details of his funeral.

He was the oldest son and second child of Wm. and Mary (Long) Yetter.  He grew up and received his education in the schools of Webster and Carthage and with the exception of two years in Canton, Ill., and three in Keokuk Ia., his entire life was spent in Hancock county.  He was married on the 26th day of October, 1896 to Ida Sammons Boston.  Three children were born to this union, the first two dying in early infancy and the third child Eva May, when she was two and one-half years old.  The loss of these children was one he felt through his entire life, causing him always to notice and care for the many children that stayed with him and his wife down through the years.  He followed the occupation of farming through all his married life until declining health made him turn part of his duties over to others.

He is survived by his heart-broken wife, two sisters, Mrs. Rowena Boston and Mr[s]. Kathryne Dunsworth, one brother, Eugene Yetter, also several nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death are two sisters, Mrs. Susan Boston, Mr[s]. Hortense Dye and two brothers, David Yetter, of Carthage and Levi, who died in early youth.

Mr. Yetter became a member of the M. E. church at Majorville in 1905 and was a charter member of the M. W. A. of Fountain Green.  He was a loving husband and a kind, accommodating neighbor, who will be greatly missed.

The funeral was held at the Yetter home at 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon, Feb. 18, 1933, conducted by Rev. Lawrence Bear, of Mason City, Ill., an old neighbor and very dear friend of the family, assisted by the Majorville pastor, Rev. Sprecklemeyer.  The Hulson quartette, of Colchester, sang very beautifully, "The Old Rugged Cross" "A Perfect Day" and "God Be With You."  The casket bearers were neighbors of Mr. Yetter, namely, Russell Huey, Ray Broadhead, Norman Barbe, John Siepel, Kerman Martin and Lawrence Kimbrough. The M. W. A. of Fountain Green held a very impressive lodge service by the open grave at the cemetery at Majorville.

The above obituary, from an unknown original news source, is from Siegfried Vol. X, Hancock County Historical Society, verbatim transcription except for [bracketed] text.

Carthage Gazette, Feb 24, 1933


William E. Yetter died at his home near Joetta Wednesday, Feb, 15, aged 74 years.  He had been in failing health for several years but his last illness of three weeks was occasioned by an abscess in the head.  The funeral was held at the home Saturday at 2 p. m., Rev. Lawrence Bear, of Lewistown, Ill., an old family friend, officiating.  Burial was in Majorville cemetery.

Mr. Yetter was the son of William and Mary (Long) Yetter and was born on his father's farm near Webster.  He received his early schooling in the country near his home and then came to Carthage for a year at high school.

His marriage to Mrs. Ida Sammons Boston took place in October, 1898.  They were the parents of three children, two of them dying in infancy and the little daughter, Eva, at the age of two and one-half years.

With the exception of a year in Canton and two in Iowa where he had charge of a fruit farm near Keokuk, Mr. Yetter resided all his life in Hancock county.  He was a very successful farmer and in later years gave much attention to the raising of swine.  Both Mr. and Mrs. Yetter were interested in the welfare of children and gave liberally to the support of institutions for their care.  Mrs. Yetter had special regard for the Children's Memorial Home after it was started and began the work of serving meals at a cabin on No. 9 east of town for its benefit.  Later she erected a real log cabin and has since served dinners, part of the proceeds from which she gave for the care of children.

Mr. Yetter became a member of the M. E. Church at Majorville in 1912 at a revival conducted by Rev. Mr. Bear and since then has devoted much time to the study of the Bible in which he found great comfort and refreshment.

He is survived by his wife, his brother, Eugene, of East Carthage and two sisters, Mrs. Rowena Boston of South Carthage and Mrs. Dan Dunsworth of this city.

See also: Ida May Sammons (Expanded information)
Eva May Yetter (daughter)
William Yetter & Mary M. Long (William's parents)


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