James Martin Yeager.

An brief history of the Yeager, Buffington, Creighton, Jacobs, Lemon, Hoffman and Woodside families, and their collateral kindred of Pennsylvania online

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The interest of a community in benevolent, philan-
thropic and educational enterprises is a true indicator of
its progress and development.

Judged by this standard our own community compares
very favorably with that of any other in the state. While
in some important movements we lag behind, our school
and church buildings are superior and other improvements
now on foot, soon to be realized, will make us feel that we
are citizens of "no mean city."

The Y. M. C. A. does not stand for sentimentalism in
religion, or nambypambyism in morals, but for a strong.
manly, vigorous, tolerant, broad gauge Christian system
which is perfectly adapted to men of all ages, the world
over, and to the throbbing life of a busy, industrial century.

Let us give this new enterprise a lift. Let us give it
our moral and financial support and in the very near future
we will have in our midst a useful, tasteful and beautiful
V. M. C. A. building which will benefit, physically, socially
and morally, not only the present but the generations to



Memorial Day

Extracts of Memorial Day address to Col. Hillings
Post, Xo. i/n. Grand Army of the Republic, May 30, 1912,
as reported in The Daily Sentinel:

The address was by United States Marshal J. M. Veager.
lie began with a little anecdote of the civil war which ar-
rested attention and disabused the minds of the audience
that the address was going to he overserious or in any way
depressing. Illustrations of heroism in other lands were
given, but he said that there never had been a time since
the Republic was born when the world found it necessary
to go other where than here in America for the highest ex-
amples of chivalry and patriotism. While he esteemed it a
great honor to speak to these men who had made such great
sacrifices for our common country, he was not there to ex-

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travagantly eulogize the veterans, for their eulogy was in
the history of what the Union army did. They stood shoul-
der to shoulder on many a battlefield that they might break
the shackles from millions of bondmen. They swept the
valley of the Shenandoah with Sheridan, marched with
Sherman from Atlanta to the sea, planted the flag above the
clouds at Lookout, shared with Grant the victory at Appo-
mattox when he generously said : "Let them take their
horses with them. They may need them for their crops."

He considered the assault that was made fifty-one years
ago upon the government of the United States a rebellion,
and he wanted the sons and daughters of the veterans, the
various patriotic and musical organizations present, and the
Boy Scouts to believe with him that it was these men —
veterans of the Grand Army who wear the little bronze but-
ton — who fifty years ago "kept Old Glory in the sky and
this mighty and majestic republic on the map of the world."
this mighty and majestic republic on the map of the world."

He told of Henry Ward Reecher going to England
during the early days of the civil war for the purpose of
changing sentiment there from the South to the North.
Mr. Reecher faced a hostile audience at Liverpool for an
hour before it would permit him to continue his speech.
An auditor called out ironically, "Why don't you lick 'em ?"
(referring to the South). "Because," said Mr. Reecher,
promptly, "We are fighting Americans and not English-
men."

Members of the Grand Army of the Republic did not
have an easy victory, for they were fighting Americans.
Today they have memories of grim campaigns and hard-
fought battles and of gallant comrades who were willing to
give up everything dear on earth for the triumph of a
great cause.

He spoke of the American nation being the first to
take Japan by the hand, the first to introduce China to the
family of nations, the first to plant its flag on the walls of
China's ancient capital, after the siege of Peking. It was
the American nation through its chief executive which
sowed the seeds of brotherliness, amity and peace between
two belligerent powers a few years ago, and inaugurated an
era of prosperity, development and fair play in the old East.

This is the nation you veterans of the Grand Army pre-
served for vour countrymen, humanity and posterity. We
eat of vineyards that we planted not and drink of wells that

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At Ground-breaking of Lewistown Silk Mill, May IK. 1909. The pres-
enee of three thousand people indicated the public's interest in
this new industry.



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we digged not. We are inheritors of your toils and sacri-
fices. All honor to you and your comrades. Again and
again we thank you.

Oh, beautiful and grand.
My own. my native land,
Of thee I boast.
Great giant of the West,

The dearest and the best,
Made up of all the rest,

I love thee most.



At Lewistown Hospital

Extract of address delivered at the laying of the cor-
ner-stone of Lewistown Hospital, 1906, by James M. Yea-
ger:

Mr. Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen :

In connection with this occasion to which we all re-
ceived cordial, graceful and courteous invitations, through
the public prints, from the Board of Trustees, there are just
two or three thoughts which we would like to seize and en-
force.

On this corner stone before us you will see a Latin in-
scription : "For the good of humanity." In my reading a
few days ago I came across these words, which at once
arrested my attention :

"We must be here to work.

And men who work can only work for men.

And not to work in vain must comprehend humanity."

This hospital will stand here for equal rights to all and
for all. Its doors will be flung wide open to the unfortunate
and the suffering, without regard to wealth or poverty, edu-
cation, race, color, creed, sect or belief. Exclusion for relig-
ious, moral or social reasons will be impossible. Its oper-
ating pavilion, which will be one of the finest in the state,
its drugs and chemicals, modern scientific appliances, its
medical and surgical skill, its trained and experienced
nurses — all will be at the disposal of those who seek them.
Now a charitv, a philanthropy, an institution which is so
humane, so generous, so universal in its aim and scope must

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and does appeal to every one. Consequently, men, women,
and even children all over our county are taking a lively
interest in the Hospital and are realizing that

The soul that lives, is the soul that gives,

And hearing another's load.
Will lighten our own, and brighten the way.

And shorten the homeward road.

May we say a word concerning the Board of Trus-
tees ? We can speak without any mental reservation or in-
delicacy because we do not happen to belong to that body.

The Hospital Board is composed of men of ripe exper-
ience, wise courage, excellent judgment, and younger men
who are less preoccupied, of activity and stirring enthus-
iasm. They are giving thought, energy and much valuable
time to this worthy and splendid project. They merit the
sympathy, moral and financial support, and heartiest co-
operation of all our citizens. Burke, the statesman, once said
to his constituents: "Applaud us when we run, cheer us
when we fall, comfort us when we recover, but above all
things let us go on." This Hospital Board comes to the
generous citizenship of this county and says today: "Let
us, for the sake of the diseased, the disabled, the wounded
and the unfortunate go on."

The development of a state's charities is the best evi-
dence, we believe of a state's civilization.

The love which prompts a great commonwealth to ex-
tend a merciful hand to the sick and wounded is a supreme
and laudable exhibition of the state's christianization and
civilization. Let us all do what we can. More will not be
required. Less will not satisfy ourselves. If we do that
we shall have here an institution that shall be worthy of
our splendid county, a hospital that shall be an enduring
honor to our great commonwealth and an incalculable bless-
ing to the suffering and unfortunate for generations to
c< mie.

"Inasmuch," said the world's greatest Physician, "in-
asmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these, my
brethren, ye have done it unto me."

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An Address

Delivered at the funeral services of Miss Mary Grace Ryder

of Carmel, N. Y., October 30, 1901 :

by Rev. James M. Yeager, D. D.,

Following prayer by Rev. F. T. Nelson, and Reading of the

Scriptures by Rev. X. F. YanHorsen.

Last Saturday as the sun was setting surrounded by
gorgeous clouds of carmine and gray fringed with gold,
when a deep peace lay upon the face of all nature, when
scarcely a sound was to be heard save the murmur of fall-
ing autumn leaves, w hen yonder quiet and beautiful lake re-
flected — as it does today — the glories of earth and sky, our
friend heard the summons of her Lord and entered the Val-
ley of the Shadow and was lead on and on into the sweet
and blessed country where there is no night, where no
autumn winds strip the foliage from the trees, where no
wintry blasts rob the fields of their verdure, where "ever-
lasting spring abides and never-withering flowers," and
where the river of life flows from the throne of God.

Such, in symbol, is the revelation; but not half of that
country's "bright glories to mortals has ever been told."

Environment, education and religion never combined to
produce in our community a richer character than that of
the one who has j.ist passed on to join the glorious company
of the immortals. Fine natural qualities — of mind, of heart
and of voice — qualities which were diligently cultivated — a
serene, hopeful and an amiable temperament, the loftiest ideals
of conduct and of service, all combined to make one of the
most charitably disposed, one of the most real, earnest,
courageous lives it has been our privilege to know.

The Latin proverb which has come down the centuries,
"De mortuis nil nisi bonum" — "Let us not speak ill of the
dead," is inapplicable today ; for after an acquaintance run-
ning through a series of years with many mutual friends, I
know of nothing in the record of this life but that which is
good.

We noted the heroism, the journeyings to the South-
land to escape the rigors of our Northern winters, the noble
and natural effort to delay the inevitable, to prolong life, the
final return, the remark full of pathos and yet full of hope:
"I have come home to stay" and we were reminded of Him

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who steadfastly set His face toward Jerusalem, "knowing
the things that should befall Him there.'* and yet walked
steadily, bravely, patiently, triumphantly on until at last
looking up into His Father's face. He said: "Into Thy
hands I commend my spirit."

You friends of the earlier years, here, today ; you school-
mates ; you who have been familiar with the patience, the
faith, the cheerfulness, the unselfishness, the nobility of this
womanly life ; you who feel most keenly the removal of one
whom you so much valued, esteemed and admired; you will
appreciate more and more with the passing vears, Words-
worth's expression of mingled joy and sorrow in the "Inti-
mations of Immortality":

"The Rainbow comes and goes.
And lovely is the Rose,

The moon doth with delight
Look round her when the heavens are hare.

Waters on a starry night
Are beautiful and fair:

The sunshine is a glorious birth ;
But yet 1 know, where'er I go,

That there hath past away a glory from the earth."

What Wordsworth sings everv heart has felt. Joy
and sorrow intermingle in every great life. There is a uni-
versal law that every human sold must know the pain as
well as the bliss of living. The major and minor blend and
alternate in all sweet harmony. Every great landscape has
its depressions as well as its elevations.

"There goes a universal weeping.
Far as the silent stars are sweeping
Through all the realm of nature, wide."

When Dumas asked a celebrated poet: "What made
von a poet?" the prompt reply was: "Suffering." Darwin
said that he could not have accomplished so much work if
he had not been an invalid. Tennyson's greatest poem. "In
Memoriam," was inspired by his greatest grief. All the
great characters in human history have tasted the bitter
sweet of life. Christopher Columbus, David Livingstone,
Charles George Cordon, Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir Walter

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Scott, William Cowper, Mrs. Browning, each knew by a
personal experience the lights and shadows of human life.
Anne Steel, who wrote one of the sweetest, noblest hymns
in the English language, was a life-long invalid. Do you
wonder that some one has asked :

"Is it so, O God in heaven.

That the mark of rank in nature is capacity for pain.
And the anguish of the singer makes the sweetness of the
strain ?"

To these mysteries and questions the voice that spoke
at Bethany speaks today saying: "I have yet many things
to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now."

Then.

"Let us take to our hearts a lesson, no lesson can braver be —
From the ways of the tapestry weavers on the other side

of the sea.
It is only when the weaver stops and the web is loosed and

turned.
That he sees the real handiwork, that the marvellous skill

is learned.
Ah ! the sight of its delicate beauty ! How it pays him for

all its cost !
Xo rarer, daintier work than this was ever done by the frost.
1 he years of man are Nature's looms, let down from the

place of the sun,
Wherein we are weaving alway, till the mystic web is done.
Ever blindly, but ever surely, each for himself his fate ;
We see not yet how the right side looks ; we can only weave

and wait."

Glad and Grateful as we are today for a revelation that
has "brought life and immortality to light" — painted them
forever before the eye of the world — for a revelation that
has "abolished death" by so changing our view of it, that
it is no loneer extinction but transition ; no longer annihila-
tion but exultation ; glad and grateful as we are for such a
revelation, we say with reverence that we scarcely need it
to be convinced that such a spirit as this was never created
to stay here. With its hopes and aspirations, its deep sis-

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terlv affection, its visions of truth, its submission to the truth,
its enthusiasm for right things, its abiding interest in all
organizations and associations which have for their ob-
ject the uplift of society and the betterment of the world;
revelation is scarcely needed to convince us that a spirit
with these qualities

"Hath had elsewhere its setting.

And cometh from afar

From God, who is our home."

To human thought this life closed all too soon. But

"We live in deeds, not years.
In thoughts, not breaths."

To live in hearts made better by our presence is not to
die, —

"lie liveth long who liveth well.

All else is being thing away;
1 le liveth longest who can tell

( )f true things truly done each day."

That this was the view of life entertained by our friend
is evident from the little brochure which 1 hold in my
hand, and which was compiled by her several years ago. It
consists of choice extracts from some of our choicest
authors, and is entitled " A Day at a Time." I rind here a
selection for each day of the month, and Phillips Brooks.
Emerson, Ruskin, Drummond and other great thinkers of
our time are represented in this little volume.

For the sixth dav we find this selection: — "No one can
be unhappy who is filled with interest in the happiness of
others." We have expressed here the secret of her own
happy life.

For the seventeenth day : — "Service is the supreme
luxury of existence."

For the eighteenth day: — "Except ye turn and become
as little children, ye shall in no wise enter into the kingdom
of heaven." — Matt. 18:3 (Revised Version),

For the twenty-ninth day: — "If you have but a day, a
week, a month more to live, live that daw that week, that

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month, on a high plane. Resolve to pass out of life triumph-
antly, 'full sailed still, and strong for other voyages in other
seas.' "

For the thirty-first, the last day, we have a selection
that is full of pathos, and yet full of jubilant hope. It em-
bodies, undoubtedly, her personal experience :

"The truer life draws nigher

Every year ;
And its morning star climbs higher

Every year ;
And earth's hold on us grows slighter.
And the heavy burden lighter.
And the Dawn Tmmortal brighter,

Every year."

May He, whom she served and whom she loved, who
knows the hard battles, the severe conflicts, the dusty high-
ways, the lonely hearthstones in our human life, speak to
our hearts and lives today, as He spoke to the weary and
heavy laden in Galilee in the long ago: "Come unto me and
I will ijive you rest."



Dr. James Martin Yeager's Work at Drew Seminary

At the recent commencement exercises of Drew Sem-
inary for Young Women, at Carmel. N. Y., Dr. James M.
Yeager, who has been president of that well-known institu-
tion for the last seven years, tendered his resignation. Dur-
ing Dr. Yeager's administration $25,000 has been expended
in improvements, rooms have been refurnished, a new recita-
tion hall has been erected, between fifty and sixty young
women have been graduated, additions have been made to
the equipments of the music and science departments, a
cloud upon the title of the property has been removed, the
chartered name of the school has been changed to comport
with the character of the work done, the curriculum has been
broadened, and claims which have been instituted against
the city of New York, amounting to $10,000, are now await-
ing action by the Commissioners of Award.

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The outlook for another year with more prosperous
times is promising. The Board of Trustees, in appreciation
of Dr. Yeager's valuable services, passed unanimously by
rising vote last Wednesday the following resolution :

The Board of Trustees of Drew Seminary for Young
Women, at Carmel, N. Y., having been for months in re-
ceipt of the resignation, as president, of Professor James
M. Yeager, D. D., and having given the matter unwilling
consideration for a length of time — on the urgent renewal
of that resignation — do hereby reluctantly accept it, and di-
rect that the accompanying expression of respect and regret
be placed upon our minutes :

Resolved, That we have recognized in Professor James
M. Yeager, D. D., the retiring president of Drew Seminary
for Young Women, a Christian gentleman and scholarly
educator, capable, urbane and popular, who has merited our
high esteem and kind regard.

Resolved, That while deploring the financial situation
which has influenced our friend to take the step which we
all so sincerely regret, we extend to him the assurance of our
best wishes for his success in any new sphere of labor and
usefulness to which in the future he may providentiallv be
led to devote his time, energies and talents.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES.

Peter A. Welch, President Xew York

Samuel W. Bowne, Treasurer, New York

Wm. Baldwin, Secretarv New York

M. D'C. Crawford. D. D New York

J. M. Kin?. D. D New York

C. W. Millard, D. D New York

T. P Reed, D. D Yonkers

A. K. Sanford. D. D New York

E. S. Tipple, Ph. D., D. D New York

Albert Hovt Katonah

R. W. Newhall Brooklyn

Hon. John E. Andrus Yonkers

John S. Huvler New York

A. B. Whitlock Croton Falls

W. H. Drew Brewsters

Clayton Ryder Carmel

E. T. Lovatt Tarrytown

(N. Y. Tribune, June 20, 1899.")

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Creighton and Marion Yeap;er

Grandson and granddaughter of Jeremiah M. and Mary J. Creighton
Y eager, of Yeagertown.



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Some Yeagers who are in Business in Central
and Eastern Pennsylvania



Allentown Yeager Andrew L Florist

Yeager Furniture Company

Yeager L. H. Co. . . Metal Ware

Altoona Yeager Harry A. . . Wall Paper

Bellefonte Yeager H. C Shoes

Yeager Mfg. Co. . . Swings, etc.

Berwick. Columbia Co. ...Yeager Bros & Co., Electricians

Chambersburg Yeager Howard .... Stationery

Franklin Yeager R. L Groceries

" Yeager & Canon .... Groceries

Harrisburg Yeager. F. C Meat

Hazleton Yeager James B. . . . Furniture

Lancaster Yeager Ambrose, House painter

" Yeager George, House painter

Lewistown Yeager & Spanogle

.... Flour, Feed, Grain, Etc.

Norristown Yeager Harry C Florist

" Yeager Win. R. Jr. . . . Florist

Northumberland Yeager Bruce P. .. Electrician

Philadelphia Yeager Charles A

Wholesale Dry Goods

" Yeager Miss E Millinery

" Yeager Fred V. . . Stair builder

" Yeager Gustav Baker

" Yeager Jacob H., Jr.,

Retail Jewelry

Yeager Joseph Tiles

. Yeager Rubber Co

Rubber Goods

Yeager Charles A Prop.

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Pittsburg Yeager Frank Groceries

Yeager J.J Baker

Pittsburg-Allegheny, Pa.. .Yeager M. J Meat

Reading Yeager C. A Groceries

Yeager \Y. P>. . . Cornice works

Scranton Yeager Arthur P>. . . Blacksmith

Selinsgrove Yeager R. E. & Co

Shoe Manufacturers

Yeager Athletic Association

Shar< hi Yeager C. H. & Co.. Dry Goods

Sunbury Yeager B. F Druggist

Wilkes-Barre Yeager Daniel . . Harness Maker

Yeager Anthony . . Wall paper

Yeager J. M

. . . Wholesale Conf . & Cigars

Yeager J. B. & Co

Grain Shippers

Yeager Joseph

Dry Goids and Conf.

Yeagertown Yeager T. M

.... Flour, Coal and Lumber

Yeager, J. O

Yeagertown Water Power Co.



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Notes by the Way



Joseph Buffington, born November 27, 1803, died Feb-
ruary 3, 1872, President Judge for many years of the dis-
trict composed of Westmoreland, Armstrong and Indiana
counties, and Orr Bnffington, Esq., of Kittanning, Pa., are
lineal descendants of Richard Buffington I, of Chester
county.



Benjamin Buffington, the first of the name who located
in Lykens Valley, was an early settler there. He came to
Dauphin, directly from Berks county, died in 18 14, and was
buried in the graveyard at Short [Mountain by request. His
sons were Eli, George, Levi and John. Eli settled near
Gratz, where his grandson, Jeremiah, now resides. He mar-
ried Elizabeth Kissinger and their sons were Abraham and
John E. The latter was born 1799, died 1867; married Su-
sanna Artz, and had sons Elias, Jeremiah and Daniel. The
others sons of the elder Benjamin Buffington intermarried
into the Hoffman family, lived to be old men, and had
large familes. Jacob Buffington, Sr., born 1800, died 1878,
was by occupation a mechanic, and one of the most expert
hunters in his day. He married Mary Guntryman ; and his
sons were Isaac, Jonas, Jacob, Emanuel and Levi. Solomon
Buffington, born 1819, died Jan. 1, 1878, was a mechanic
and farmer. He was a prominent member of the United
Brethren church for many years, and took an active part
during the War of the Rebellion. Two of his sons were in
the Union Army. His wife was Margaret Matter, and their
sons were Moses C., Edward and Uriah. — "Xotcs and
Queries."

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Benjamin Buffington's second marriage was to Cath-
arine Deibler and Eli, Levi and John are not mentioned in
the Buffington chart because they were living at the time
George recorded the decease of the other members of the
family.



William Jacob Yeager, bom in Yea^ertown. Nov. 7,
[855. Educated in the public schools and at Dickinson
Seminar}-, Williamsport. In his twenty-first year he entered
the office of Win. Mann. Jr., & Co.. axe manufacturers, re-
maining for a period of five years, lie then joined with his
father-in-law and his brothers-in-law in the purchase and
operation of the Reedsville Flour Mills and the Mount Rock
Flour Mills at Lewistown, under the firm name of Spanogle
& Yeager. This has become one of the best known firms in
this part of the State, with head office at Lewistown and
branch offices at Milroy, Reedsville and Altoona. There is
a large export business as well as a large local consumption.
William Jacob Yeager was one of the organizers of the
Reedsville National Lank and has been a director since its
incorporation. lie was chiefly instrumental in the organ-
ization, and a director, of the Lewistown and Reedsville
Water Company, which furnishes water, the equal in qual-
ity to any in the State, to Milroy, Reedsville. I'.urnham,
Yeagertown and Lewistown. lie is a director of the Penn-
sylvania State Millers' Association, Pennsylvania State Mil-
lers' Fire Insurance Company, the Pennsylvania Water
Works Association, of the Belleville National Bank and the


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