Biography of John Yates
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JOHN YATES
A resident of San Jacinto valley since January, 1891, Mr. Yates has aided materially in the development of San Jacinto and vicinity, where he has held many positions of trust and honor, his good judgment and progressive methods having been of incalculable benefit to the community.

A native of Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, near Stratford-on-Avon, England, Mr. Yates was born September 11, 1857, and until the age of thirteen years remained with his parents, Robert and Lucy (Smith) Yates, who were born in England. Courageously determined to make his way in the world, the son took passage for Quebec, Canada, going thence to Flint, Mich., where for a time he worked on the Flint and Pierre Marquette Railroad. Later he journeyed to Toledo, Ohio, where he engaged in railroad bridge work, going thence to Poplar Bluff, Mo., in the service of the Iron Mountain Railroad Company as a switch and sidetrack builder. In 1.873 he located in Chicago where for four years he followed teaming, going thence to York county, Neb., where he bought eighty acres of railroad land which he improved and later sold. He then moved to Holt county, that state, where he had a timber culture of one hundred and sixty and a homestead of one hundred and sixty acres. He resided upon this for seven years or until selling the property, when he came to California, subsequently settling in San Jacinto valley. In addition to fifteen acres of alfalfa land he owns ten acres which he devotes to fruit and eucalyptus trees, and upon which tract is located his comfortable home, surrounded by many ornamental trees, shrubs and plants.

Mr. Yates was united in marriage in San Jacinto October 3, 1894, with Miss Ophelia Kaley, a native of Lucas county, Ohio, where for some years she taught in the public schools prior to joining friends in San Jacinto in 1892. Mr. and Mrs. Yates were blessed with two children, Lucy Elizabeth, who passed away in infancy, and Margaret Lenore, who is a student in the Hemet high school.

A lifelong Republican, Mr. Yates has ever maintained a deep interest in both civic and national political issues and as a stanch friend of education, served four years on the school board, and was also president of the high school board one year. Since 1904 he has acted as treasurer of the San Jacinto Cemetery Association, of which he has been a trustee for about fifteen years, and has been connected with the San Jacinto Valley Water Company since becoming a resident of this place. This was the first institution of this character to be formed in the locality, and he served in some capacity in the organization through subsequent changes of ownership, its various appellations having been the San Jacinto & Pleasant Valley Irrigation District, the San Jacinto Valley Water Company and, finally, the Citizens' Water Company of San Jacinto.

An active member of Hemet Lodge No. 190, I. O. O. F., having passed through the chairs of the San Jacinto Lodge, Mr. Yates likewise holds membership in San Jacinto Camp, W. O. W., the local chairs of which he has filled at various times. Mrs. Yates is also identified with Pine Cone Circle No. 486, W. O. W., and Comfort Lodge, Daughters of Rebekahs, in both of which societies Mr. Yates holds membership.

From:
History of Riverside County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Elmer Wallace Holmes
And other well known writers
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1912


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