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Cyrus W. Yager

Cyrus W. Yager

Submitted by : Sheryl McClure.


Taken from: Portrait and Biographical Record of Oklahoma, 1901


CYRUS W. YAGER, a farmer of Logan county, has always followed the occupation of an agriculturist, in which he has been quite successful, and at present he is pursuing his independent vocation on the northeast quarter of section 1, township 17, range 2 west, which he purchased in July of 1889. He is a native of Madison county, Ill., and was born March 29, 1837, his parents being Buford T. and Juda A. (Wilhoit) Yager.
Until twenty-three years of age Mr. Yager remained under the parental roof, during which time he assisted his father in running the farm and also attended the public school in his vicinity. After his marriage he settled on a rented farm, but in 1862 he ceased tilling the soil and took up arms in defense of the Union. In August of that year he enlisted as a private in Company B, Eightieth Illinois Infantry. During his service he fought in twenty-three battles, besides many skirmishes. He was in the battles of Perryville, Ky.; Missionary Ridge, Dalton, Big Cabin, Peach Tree Creek and Pine Mountain, and in the latter engagement he was taken a prisoner. He was held at Belle Island for six weeks, after which he was exchanged. His next important engagements were at Franklin, Atlanta, and the two battles of Nashville, Tenn.
Upon being honorably discharged from service in June, 1865, Mr. Yager returned to Madison county, Ill., where he resided until 1868, and in that year he moved to Greenwood county, Kans., where he spent one season. In the spring of 1869 he moved to the Osage Nation, near what is now Indepipdence, Kans. At that time the country had not been opened by the government, but when the land was available for settlement he pre-empted one hundred and sixty acres. He made many improvements upon the place and continued to farm it until 1879, when he sold out. Going to Chautauqua county, Kans. he purchased eighty acres, upon which he farmed until Oklahoma was opened, arid on that famous day he made the run, but was not successful in locating a claim. Going back to Kansas, he returned to Oklahoma in July, 1889, in which month he bought his present farm, situated ten miles from Guthrie and south of the Cimarron river. All of the present improvements have been made by our subject, who is a good, conscientious and steady workman, and he has put out a fine orchard consisting of four acres.
Mr. Yager married Miss Martha E. Hunt, a native of Madison county, III., and a daughter of William and Cynthia (Fay) Hunt. She died in 1877 and now lies buried in the cemetery near Independence, Kans. She left a family of four children, as follows: Cyrus T. is a widower and has a son named Jesse; Alice is the wife of James Amos of Pawnee County, Okla., and they have four children; William lives at home, and Charles is married and lives in Oklahoma.
Our subject was old enough to cast his vote in 1860, but his first presidential ballot was not cast until 1868, when he supported General Grant. He continued to vote the Republican ticket until 1880, when he entered the ranks of the Populists. He is a member of Caney Post No. 342, G. A. R., in Montgomery county, Kans. Since 1895 he has been drawing a pension from the government.


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