AUSTIN B. YEAGER GRAVESTONE PHOTO
South Kansas Tribune, Wednesday, August 25, 1909, Pg. 1
Judge Yeager Dies at Oswego
While the public was not unprepared, still all were surprised Thursday at the announcement of the death of A. B. Yeager, at the age of 79 years, who was for a dozen years probate court clerk and justice of the peace in this city. Ever since the death of “Mother” as he called his wife he had been declining. Last April he resigned his position and accompanied by his daughter, Mrs. N. E. Bouton, went to Montana, where he visited the families of a son and a daughter and later a sister whom he had not seen since she went West forty years ago. Returning a few weeks ago, he felt refreshed and was cheery and hopeful. Ten days ago he went over to Oswego to visit another sister and old friends and there the death summons came, and he was ready to lay down his burdens and be at rest. His remains were brought to Cherryvale and interred under the auspices of the Grand Army and the Masonic fraternity, by those of his wife.
Mr. Yeager was a life long Christian, a worker when in health in the Methodist Episcopal church, was a brave soldier in the Union army, a pioneer in Kansas in 1870 took a claim, was a good neighbor, public spirited citizen, and cast his influence at all times for right living. When he lost his wife, he kept up a brave heart but his decline was noticeable. As his health failed he put his house in order, traveled to Montana to visit the families of a son and daughter and then to a distant city. Returning home with his daughter Mrs. Bouton he visited Independence friends with a cheery heart, and then to Oswego to see a sister’s family. When this feeble old veteran had visited all his family, he was ready for the death summons and passed to a happy eternity, having bravely done a strong man’s work in this life.
Contributed by Mrs. Maryann Johnson a Civil war researcher and a volunteer in the Kansas Room of the Independence Public Library, Independence, Kansas.