AMOS YODER. Among the agricultural element of McLean County who have met with success in their calling and who
are entitled to enjoy the accumulations of a handsome competency, acquired mainly through their own exertions and
good judgment, Mr. Yoder is entitled to a place. He is busily engaged in the prosecution of his calling on his
fine and productive farm on section 8, Money Creek Township.
Amos Yoder is the son of Jonathan and Magdalen (Wagner) Yoder, the former a native of Berks County, Pa., and the latter of Pottsville, that State. They were married in their native State, and soon thereafter settled in Mifflin County, whence they removed to Center County [ed., Centre County], that State, whence, after a nine years' residence, they removed to Juniata County, Pa.
They lived in the latter county until the spring of 1851, when, hoping to better their financial condition in the undeveloped West, they came to this county and settled in Danvers Township. From the latter township they removed to Dry Grove Township, where the good wife died in February, 1866. He died in Woodford County, Ill., in the winter of 1869. Twelve children were born to Jonathan and Magdalen Yoder, six sons and six daughters, and the subject of this notice was the sixth in order of birth.
Amos Yoder was born in Mifflin County, Pa., Dec. 17, 1828. He received as good schooling as the times and locality afforded, was reared to manhood on the farm, and has followed that calling all his life with the exception of about three years, in which he was engaged in mercantile pursuits at Normal. Mr. Yoder came to this county in 1848, and settled in Dry Grove Township, where he made his home until the spring of 1880. He then removed to Towanda Township and lived there two years, then took up his residence at Normal.
In that city he was engaged in the grocery business for about three years, meeting with only partial success, and in January, 1886, he moved on to his place in Money Creek Township, consisting of 320 acres, nearly all of which was under an advanced state of cultivation, and on which he has a good farm residence and substantial out-buildings.
While a resident of Dry Grove Township, Mr. Yoder concluded that he would try his fortune still farther West. He consequently sold out and visited some of the Western States and Territories, but came to the conclusion that no country excels McLean County for productiveness, and after an absence of about two months, came back satisfied to make this his permanent home.
Our subject was married in Danvers Township, in July, 1852, to Catherine Donner. She was born in Butler County, Ohio, and bore our subject five childrenóMillie, Barbara, Frank, Anna and Charles. Millie is the wife of D. J. Myers, and they are living in Ashland, Ohio; Barbara and George L. Kirckner became man and wife, and she died in Buck Horn Valley, Col., April 28, 1883; Frank is a farmer and follows his calling in Dakota; Anna is the wife of D. A. Muse, and their home is at Denver, Col.; Charles lives at home. Mrs. Yoder died in Dry Grove Township, Sept. 20, 1864, and our subject formed a second matrimonial alliance, Mrs. Catherine (Kistler) Lantz being the other contracting party, and the date of their marriage Dec. 11, 1864. She was a daughter of John M. and Elizabeth (Naffzinger) Kistler, and widow of Joseph P. Lantz, who died in Dry Grove Township. June 30, 1861.
Of her union with Mr. Lantz five children were born, viz: Thomas, Mary, Rebecca, Horace and Joseph. Thomas is married and resides in Nebraska; Mary is living at Normal; Rebecca is the wife of John P. Yoder, a resident of La Salle County, Ill.; Horace is a farmer, and lives in Missouri; Joseph is unmarried.
The parents of Mrs. Catherine Yoder came to this county from Butler County, Ohio, in 1838, and settled in Dry Grove Township, soon thereafter removing to Woodford County, Ill., whence they returned to this county, and several years later became residents of La Salle County, this State. They removed from the latter county to Missouri, where the father died in October, 1876. The mother died in Iowa, in 1880. Eleven children were born to them, and all lived to attain the age of man and womanhood. Mrs. Yoder of this notice was the eldest of her parents' children. She was born in Butler County, Ohio, Dec. 10, 1833, and by her union with our subject has become the mother of seven childrenóLaura B., Salina, Leonard M., Elmer G., Minnie A., Henry L. and Effie E.
While a resident of Towanda Township, Mr. Yoder held the office of Justice of the Peace for a little more than a year. He and his wife are members of the Mennonite Church, and in politics our subject is a stanch Republican.
Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 632. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.