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Ross Township

This is a fractional township, and was formed from Atlas township in 1879. It includes that part of Atlas known as 7 south and 5 west. Since the building of the levee much of the heretofore worthless farm land lias been put under cultivation. This township being a part of Atlas from the earliest period of county government until the past season, its history, of course, is likewise a part of the history of that township. As a township of itself it has no history. It was named in honor of Col. Wm. Ross.

We mention the following prominent gentlemen of this neighborhood:

Jesse Long, farmer, sec 1, P. O., Pleasant Hill, was born in Maryland, May 14,1823, and is a son of Henry and Emeline (Green) Long, father a native of Ireland and mother of Delaware; was educated in the subscription schools of this county. In 1850 he married Caroline Ramsay, and of the 9 children which they had, 7 are living, 4 boys and 3 girls. Coming to Pike county in the winter of the deep snow, Mr. Long has been a citizen here half a century, and has witnessed the many and wonderful changes which the country has passed through. When he first came here Indians were still around and deer were more numerous than cattle are at the present day. He has lived on his present farm for 48 years. He owns 300 acres of land. In politics he is a Republican, and his wife is a member of the M. E. Church.

F. M. Yokem, farmer and carpenter, sec. 1, P. 0., Pleasant Hill; was born in Lincoln county Mo., in 1831, and is the son of Solomon and Elizabeth (Butler) Yokem, father a native of Virginia and mother of Kentucky, both of German descent; was brought to Pike county, Illinois, in 1833; was educated in the subscription schools of this county; in 1855 he married Zerilda Starr, and of their 6 children only 2 are living. In an earlier day Mr. Yokem has seen many bears and deer; has seen as many as 100 deer in one gang. He has been successful in business, and now owns 220 acres of land. Politically he is a Greenbacker. Francis Marion Yokem and wife Zerilda are buried at Wells Cemetery in Pike Co.

From Portrait & Biographical 1891
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