Buena Vista County, IA
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Extracted from:  Wegerslev, C. H. and Thomas Walpole. 
 Past and Present of Buena Vista County, Iowa
Chicago:  S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1909, p. 352-53.

Transcribed by Paul Nagy

Biography of  James Yuill

James Yuill operates one hundred and sixty acres of well improved land, situated on section 20, Nokomis township, having made his home on this farm since 1881.  He was born in Scotland, January 19, 1851, and was there reared to the age of nineteen years, when, forseeing [sic] that there was no future there for him and having heard and read a great deal about the freedom and the opportunity for advancement in this country, he decided to leave home.  It was therefore in 1870 that he emigrated to the United States and made his way direct to Jasper county, Iowa.  He was there engaged in farming for eleven years, when he came to Buena Vista county and located on the farm of one hundred and sixty acres on section 20, Nokomis township, where he now lives.


Mr. Yuill chose as a companion and helpmate for the journey of life, Miss Flora Miller, their marriage being celebrated in Jasper county in 1876.  She was there born and reared and is a daughter of Thomas G. Miller, who was born in Loudoun county, Virginia, whence he came to Iowa in 1855 and has lived on one farm for a half century.


Politically Mr. Yuill is a republican, but formerly gave his support to the men and measures of democracy.  He has never sought nor desired office, preferring to give his attention to his private business affairs.  Both he and his wife are members of the Alta Presbyterian church, and Mr. Yuill is a Master Mason, belonging to the blue lodge at Alta. and the Eastern Star.  He is also a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen.