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 of whom five are living Nelson, George, Mary, Paul and Martha. The two deceased died unnamed in infancy and were buried in the Taylor cemetery. Mr. McCann of this review now has thirteen living grandchildren. He and his estimable wife reside in Rockport, the former at the age of seventy-two years and the latter at the age of seventy-one. They have now traveled life's journey together for forty-five years, sharing with each other its hardships, its joys, its adversity and prosperity, its sorrows and its happiness. They are highly esteemed by all who know them and Mr. McCann is a worthy member of the Grand Army of the Republic, thus maintaining pleasant relationship with his old army comrades.


                                   WILLIAM  H.  YOKEM

    William H. Yokem, devoting his attention to farming in Ross township, is part owner of a valuable farm of three hundred and twenty acres of fine bottom land. In the ownership and control of this property he is associated with his brothers, J. D. and S. O. Yokem. He was born in Atlas township, May 30, 1874, a son of Henry F. and Hattie A. (Weaver) Yokem. The father died in October, 1890, and was laid to rest in the Wells graveyard but the mother is still surviving and resides at Pleasant Hill with her youngest son, Solomon O. Yokem. There were five children in the family. Zula, who died in infancy and was buried in the Wells graveyard near Pleasant Hill; William H., of this review; Catherine B.; Jesse D.; and Solomon O.

    William H. Yokem acquired his education in the district schools of Atlas and Ross townships. He was reared upon his father's farm and assisted him in the work of cultivating the land and caring for the crops until his eighteenth year, at which time the father died. He then took charge of the property, so continuing until his twenty- fifth year, during which time his grandfather, William Yokem, died and deeded three hundred and twenty acres of land to our subject, his two brothers and his sister. The brothers then purchased the sister's interest and are now the owners of three hundred and twenty acres of land in Pike county. Mr. Yokem of this review also conducted this farm as well as the home farm up to the time of his marriage.

    On the 24th of December, 1899, occurred the marriage of William H. Yokem and Miss Jennie E. Thompson, a daughter of James B. and Mary L. (Mooney) Thompson. The father is a native of Pike county, where he has spent his entire life and at present is engaged in farm duties on our subject's farm. He is a member of the Modern Woodmen camp and the Mutual Protective League and his political allegiance is given to the republican party. Unto him and his wife were born two children, Mrs. Yokem and her sister Laura, who was born September 23, 1886, and died April 19, 1893, her remains being interred in the Balls Bluff cemetery near Atlas, Illinois. The mother, Mrs. Thompson, is a native of Tennessee and is now making her home in St. Louis.

    Unto Mr. and Mrs. Yokem have been born four children, two sons and two daughters, namely: Solomon, born November 26, 1900; Hallie B., born June 14, 1902; Mary, December 26, 1903; and Henry, on the 4th of September, 1905.

    Politically Mr. Yokem is a republican, who has always been identified with the party since age conferred upon him the right of franchise. His attention has ever been given to his farm work and his agricultural interests are capably managed, the farm being a valuable property well improved.


                               WILLIAM  P.  SARGENT

    William P. Sargent is one of the old settlers of Bedford deserving honorable mention in the pages of Pike county's history. He was born December 31, 1824, in Worcester county, Massachusetts, and has therefore passed the eighty-first milestone on life's journey. His parents were William and Polly (Frost) Sargent. The father was born, reared and educated in Worcester county, Massachusetts, and afterward turned his attention to


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