Biography of George S. Yant
Tulare County, CA Biographies





George S. Yant, a well known and successful building contractor of Exeter and one of the leading operators in his line in Tulare county, is a native of the old Buckeye state but has been a resident of California for more than twenty years and is thus thoroughly familiar with conditions here. Active in the building trades since the days of his boyhood, he has continued along those vocational lines since becoming a resident of this state and has long been regarded as one of the most competent contractors in the building trades hereabout, the character of the structural work that has been done here under his direction being convincing evidence of the efficiency of his methods. Since 1919 he has carried on his operations in Exeter and has had charge of much of the better class of building that has been done there and in that vicinity since then. He was born in the city of Canton, the county seat of Stark county, in the state of Ohio, November 16, 1871, a son of William B. and Sarah (Criswell) Yant, the former of whom, a plasterer by trade, came to California in August, 1899, and settled in Los Angeles.

Reared in Canton, George S. Yant had his schooling there and under his father's direction practically grew up to the building trades, in time becoming thoroughly familiar with all phases of building operations, an expert carpenter and an experienced contractor. He continued working along these lines in Ohio until 1902, three years after his father had come to California, when he also came. here and established himself in business in Los Angeles, doing a good business there during the height of the boom which struck in there about that time, and was thus engaged there and in other points in southern California until 1919, when he came to Tulare county and established himself as a building contractor in Exeter, where he since has been located and where he has done very well, having come to be recognized as the leading building contractor in that section of the county.

On March 5, 1895, in Alliance, George S. Yant was united in marriage to Miss Maggie Gibson, who was born in Salem, Ohio, daughter of William W. Gibson. Mr. and Mrs. Yant have two sons: W. E. and A. Russell Yant, the latter of whom was graduated from the Exeter high school in 1925, an honor student and president of the student body during his senior year. W. E. Yant, the elder son and a veteran of the World war with an overseas record, is now in the drug business in Coachella, Riverside county. He was graduated from the University of Southern California with the class of 1916 and during the time of this country's participation in the World war rendered service in the army, a private in Company K of the Eighth Regiment, with the American Expeditionary Forces in France and was overseas for a year or more. He is a Scottish Rite Mason and a Noble of the Mystic Shrine. Mrs. Yant is one of the active members of the locally influential Woman's Club of Exeter and has served as vice president of that organization. The Yants have a very pleasant home setting in grounds of two or three acres just on the southern edge of the city and take much pleasure in the orchard and vineyard they have there developed.

From:
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
and
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1926


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