D[aniel] S. YOCOM, senior partner of Yocum Bros., dealers in grain, lumber, coal and farm machinery, at Luzerne, was born in Belmont County, Ohio, Jan. 10, 1834, and is the son of Thomas and Sarah Yocum. He was brought up on a farm in his native State, and learned the carpenter's trade, which he followed in early life. He was married in what was then Bad Axe County, Wis., June 15, 1856, to Miss Emily Hamilton, daughter of Joseph Hamilton. Mrs. Yocom was a native of Ohio, being born in Morgan County. Two children have been given to their union, a son and a daughter. The son, Neal H., married Mary Macy, and is engaged in the lumber business at Blairstown, Iowa; the daughter, Mary L., resides with her father, her mother having died June 29, 1876.
Mr. Yocom enlisted in the late war Aug. 15, 1862, and served till March, 1863, when he was discharged for physical disability. He participated in the battle of Perrysville and various skirmishes, till confined in the hospital by disease contracted in the service.
Mr. Yocom went to Oskaloosa, Iowa, in 1869, where he remained till the winter of 1870-71, when he came to Luzerne and engaged in his present business, which was first established by Hall & Penrose in 1866. Mr. Yocom bought an interest in it in 1870, and the firm was B. A. Hall & Co. till 1876, when changes occurred, and it was Yocom Bros. & Milhous till March, 1881, when W. W. Yocom bought an interest in it and the present firm was established, Mr. Milhous retiring. The house has done an extensive grain business, shipping some years from 500 to 600 cars of grain. Of late, owing to the building of parallel railways to the C. & N. W. R. R. through the county, the trade has fallen off considerably. For the year ending in April, 1886, the shipments only reached 335 cars. The former lumber business amounted to from 1,000,000 to 1,500,000 feet annually; now it averages about two-thirds that amount. This firm also does an extensive business in coal and farm machinery. They make a specialty of Deering's Binders, but of other machinery they keep a great variety.Our subject is a Knight Templar Mason, a member of Hope Lodge, No. 175, A. F. & A. M., of Mt. Horeb Chapter, No. 45, R. A. M., and of St. Bernard Commandery, No. 14, K. T., all of Belle Plaine, Iowa. He is also a member of Luzerne Lodge, No. 275, I. O. O. F., and has voted with the Republican party since its organization. Mr. Yocom is one of the prominent business men of Benton County, and is highly esteemed as an enterprising, public-spirited citizen, and a reliable man of business.
Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies" [database online] Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <http://iagenweb.org/benton/>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 303.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on February 12th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.