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JOHN H. YANEY, whose fine farm of 85 acres' of excellent land is situated in section 23, Butler township, is one of the representative agriculturists of this part of the county and a very highly respected citizen. He was born in Butler township, Mercer County, Ohio, September 16, 1859, and is a son of Benjamin and Martha Ann (Monroe) Yaney.
     Benjamin Yaney was born in Pennsylvania. In boyhood, his father having died, he accompanied his mother to Mercer County, Ohio, among the early settlers. His whole mature life was spent in this county; he died when our subject was only three years old. His widow survived but seven years, dying when John H. was 10 years and 15 days old. From then until his marriage, our subject resided with his grandmother,  Mrs. Mary Jane Monroe. He worked on her farm and attended the district schools and grew into a well-trained young manhood.
     On April 6, 1880, Mr. Yaney was united in marriage with Abigail Lucretia Johnson, a daughter of Gratz M. Johnson. She was born in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, September 11, 1856, and died on Sunday, June 24, 1906, the birthday of her daughter, Lucretia Velma, and was buried on the birthday of her son Floyd. Her age was 49 years, 9 months and 13 days. She was 13 years old when she accompanied her parents to Mercer County and resided with them near Montezuma until her marriage. She was a lady of beautiful Christian character, a faithful member of the United Brethren Church from the age of 20 years, a devoted wife and mother and a kind and sympathetic neighbor.
     Mr. and Mrs. Yaney had three sons and six daughters born to them, all of whom survive except Clifton Earl. The others are: Nevada, who married John E. Bright, lives near Dayton and has one child; Orla, who lives at home; Hester Estella, who married John Plummer, lives in Washington township and has twin, children; and Floyd Monroe, Martha Ann, Lucretia Velma, Mildred Cleo and Stanley Gladstone, all residing at home.
     Mr. Yaney inherited 40 acres of land from his mother and in 1885 he purchased 45 acres more. He has improved this property, which is considered one of the best in Butler township. In 1884 he built a commodious frame house and added other substantial buildings. The great barn was completed in 1904.  The farm bears the pleasant name of the "Clover Leaf Farm," and here Mr. Yaney carries on general farming, does some dairying and produces fine live-stock.
     For a number of years Mr. Yaney has been one of the leading members of the Radical United Brethren Church, in which he is a class leader and a trustee. He is a man, who on account of the uprightness of his character stands very high in the estimation of his fellow-citizens.
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HON. CHARLES S. YOUNGER was born and reared on a farm one mile northeast of Celina, in Jefferson township, Mercer County, Ohio, and is the eldest son of B. L. and Victoria Younger.  He worked on the farm until the age of 19, when he began public life as a country school-teacher, in which avocation he continued for six years in the public schools of Mercer County.  During his vacation he attended the Ohio Normal University, at Ada, four terms, paying his way therein from the money earned while teaching. 
     After reading law for some time he entered the law department of the Ohio Normal University.  Later he entered the senior class of the Cincinnati Law School, from which institution he was graduated with credit in May, 1895, with the degree of LL. B.
     He was immediately admitted to the bar by the Supreme Court of Ohio, and in October, 1895, he entered upon the practice of his chosen profession at Celina, and pursued the practice of the law with success, enjoying the merited reputation of a conscientious, painstaking and successful lawyer. 
     At the spring election of 1897 he was elected a justice of the peace of Jefferson township, and in 1899 was appointed referee in bankruptcy by the judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, which office he resigned at the time of entering upon the duties of probate judge of Mercer County, and is serving with dignity, justice and integrity.
     Judge Younger was united in marriage on July 29, 1896, with Emma A. Andrews, youngest daughter of Charles W. Andrews, a pioneer farmer of Butler township, Mercer County.  They have three sons:  Raymond Andrews, Charles Russell and Clyde Noval.  The family hoe is situated on East Market street, Celina.  Judge Younger's fraternal connections are with the Odd Fellows, Woodmen of the World and Masons.  He enjoys the honor of representing the 29th District in the Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows of Ohio.  With his family he belongs to St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal Church, of Celina.
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