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Subject: OBITUARY - Yancey, Thomas Grayson
Date: 4 Feb 2006 16:19:57 -0700

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Patterson Irrigator, 12/26/1914, p. 1

Pioneer T. C. Yancey Has Crossed Divide

T G. Yancey a pioneer of the West Side and, one of the best known and best liked business men of this section, died of pneumonia on Friday, the 18th instant, at his home in Newman. He was a little over 75 years of age at the of his death. Surviving relatives are his widow, Sarah Handy Yancey, his son John, who for some years has been the active manager of the Yancey Lumber business, and three daughters, Mrs. Humphreys of Oakland, Mrs. Smith of Stockton and Miss Jean Yancey of Newman. There are more distant relatives living in the East.

The funeral was held at Newman Sunday and despite the bad weather was largely attended, many mourners coming from distant points. The service was held at the family residence by Dr. Breeze of the Presbyterian Church, the funeral being under the auspices of Hills Ferry Lodge, F. and A. M., of which the deceased was an old member.

Thomas Grayson Yancey was a native of Barren county, Kentucky, and came to California at the close of the Civil War. He engaged in school teaching in Amador county, but later took a position in the Gray & Hickman general store at Stockton.

In 1868, says the Newman Index, Mr. Yancey opened a general store at old Grayson, then quite an important trading point, and a little later removed to Hills Ferry, Newman’s fore runner, where with R. M. Wilson he conducted the principal store, and was instrumental in securing the first star route mail service from Banta. The post office and the express office were both in this old store. The first stock of lumber was also put in as a “side line.”

Selling out this business, Mr. Yancey became interested in sheep ranching and was also with Gray & Hickman for a time before returning to the lumber business, which he did in 1881, as genera! manager of the San Joaquin Lumber Co., a large concern controlling a dozen or more yards in different towns, with headquarters in Modesto. He managed this company about ten years, and at its dissolution in 1891, took the Newman yard and located here, where he has remained

Under his management the business expanded to a large corporation, capitalized at $20,000, but worth several times that amount, of which the stock is held entirely by the family. Yards are located at Newman, Crows Landing and Patterson. Besides this business, Mr. Yancey had real estate and other investments and was probably worth $150,000, more or less.

Mr. Yancey was a man of the highest moral character; of unquestioned probity and honor. His word was “as good as his bond,” without a question, anywhere and for any amount. A square, straightforward, fearless man was Thomas Yancey— one of the sort far too rare in this world.

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