GEORGE J. YAGER
George John Yager was born in Oleta, Amador County, on the 8th of August, 1868, and is now living in Ione, where he is engaged in blacksmithing. His father, George Yager, came to California in 1860. He was born in Switzerland, in 1830, and was educated in his native land. When he left the country of the Alps he made his way to the Golden state, locating in Jackson, Amador County. He was a carpenter by trade, but earned his livelihood in this state as a wood chopper for a time. Subsequently he engaged in draying and by his industry and economy saved money enough to purchase a ranch of one hundred and sixty acres above Oleta. That property is still in the possession of his family. He was a man of marked industry, reliable in all his dealings, and at his death, which occurred in this fifty-fourth year, the community mourned the loss of one of its valued citizens. He was a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen and during his entire life commanded the respect of his fellow men. George Yager was married in Jackson to Miss Annie Zeiger, also a native of Switzerland, and they became the parents of four children, namely: John P., of El Dorado County; Fred, who is living in Tuolumne County; Annie, the wife of H. Routledge, a resident of Los Angeles; and George J., of this review. The mother still survives and is well known for her many excellent characteristics.
George J. Yager, the eldest of the family, acquired his education in the public schools in Amador County and for three years worked at the blacksmith’s trade in Oleta, becoming an expert in that line. He then removed to Ione, where he opened a shop of his own in 1890, since which time he has carried on a successful business. He receives a liberal patronage and his trade is constantly increasing.
In 1889 Mr. Yager was joined in wedlock to Miss Elizabeth Reudy, a native of Switzerland, and their marriage has been blessed with two children: George Henry and Eunice Catherine. Mr. Yager is a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Native Sons of the Golden West, being a past president of the Ione Parlor, No. 33, of Ione. His political support is given to the Republican Party. He and his family have a pleasant home in Ione and enjoy the warm friendship of many acquaintances.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.