Biography of William H. Yeager
Erie County, PA Biographies

William H. Yeager is a veteran of the World War and a successful young business man of Girard. He was born here, March 22, 1892, and is the son of Lewis and Anna (Wirtz) Yeager.

Lewis Yeager was a native of Germany and a pioneer settler of Girard, where he followed his trade as a shoemaker. He was a Democrat, a member of the Lutheran Church, and a charter member of the Masonic lodge. He died Jan. 29, 1915, and is buried in the Girard Cemetery. To Mr. and Mrs. Yeaget three children were born: William H., the subject of this sketch; Fred C., lives in Girard; and Louise, a high school teacher in Girard.

After completing his education in the public schools of Girard, William H. Yeager learned the printer's trade: He is associated with the Dispatch Printing & Engraving Company, Erie. During the World War, Mr. Yeager served overseas for 14 months with the 42nd Division and saw active service in many important battles and drives of the war. He was discharged in May, 1919.

On Nov. 23, 1920, Mr. Yeager was united in marriage with Miss Marie Smith, a nalive of Girard, born Aug. 11, 1891, and the daughter of Eugene and Caroline (Miller) Smith. Both Mr. and Mrs. Smith died in 1920, leaving the following children: Maude, assistant superintendent of the Sunnyside Home for Girls, Girard; James; Benjamin, deceased; and Mrs. Yeager. By a former marriage to Miss Keziah Caughey, Mr. Smith had four children: Margaret, the widow of Charles Willis, lives at Girard; George!, lives at Girard; Mary, the widow of Thomas Moorehead, lives in Cleveland; and Frank, deceased.

Mr. Yeager is a Republican and a member of the Universalist Church.

History of Erie County, Pennsylvania
By: John Elmer Reed
Historical Publishing Company

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