JOHN ELVIN YATES - Boise
The history of Idaho is an interesting one, and no State in the Union has made more rapid progress than this important
section of the inter-mountain region. It would be impossible to write the history of Idaho without including the
name of the subject of this brief biography.
John Elvin Yates was born in Bristol, Maine, February 4th, 1845. He is the son of John Yates, who was a sea captain,
and of Sophia Blunt Yates. Mr. Yates received a common school education at Bristol, Maine, and later emigrated
to Idaho, arriving there in 1892, and since then has been permanently and actively identified with many of the
most important financial institutions and other corporations in Idaho. Mr. Yates was at one time president of and
one of the principal owners of the Yates and Corbus Live Stock Company; was an original stock holder and director
of the Bank of Commerce, and for several years its president. He was also a former director in the Idaho Trust
and Savings Bank, and a director in the Farmers' Bank of Star, Idaho. All of these positions Mr. Yates resigned
upon his determination to retire from an active business career, which he did during the past year, after sixteen
years of an honorable business career during which time he did much for the general welfare of Idaho, and was,
and is, considered one of the leading and most public spirited citizens of Boise City.
Mr. Yates' first wife was Roxanna Cox, of Bristol, Maine, and to this union no children were born His second wife
was Georgia Townsend, to whom he was married at Sycamore, Illinois, and they are the parents of eight children,
namely Dorothy, Margaret, Marjorie, John T., Oscar T., Frederick T., William T., and Stephen T. Yates. Mr. Yates
was a member of the sixth session of the Idaho legislature, and a member of the Boise City council for two years.
He is a member of the Masonic fraternity and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.
Though Mr. Yates takes much pride in his achievements during his life in his adopted State, he has, however, a
warm spot in his heart for the State of Maine, where he first saw the light of day within sight of the sea. Being
descended from a race of sailors he went to sea himself as a boy for seven dollars per month, and with the assistance
of such friends as he made himself he became the commander and part owner of as fine a ship as ever sailed the
seas in the Oriental trade in the days of sailing ships; and can refer to this day to the builders of the ships
and to those whose business and money he handled in all parts of the world.
Sketches of the Inter-Mountain States
1847 - 1909
Utah Idaho Nevada
Published by: The Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake City, Utah 1909
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