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Yarwood, Ernest L. 1881 1939


Posted By: Joy Moore (email)
Date: 5/17/2015 at 15:43:33


Farming has claimed the attention of Ernest L. Yarwood throughout his entire business career, and he is today the owner of one hundred and eighty-eight acres, located on section 1, Calmar township. He is a native son of Winneshiek county, born on the home farm, of which he is now the owner, in September, 1881. He is a son of George W. and Maria (Lee) Yarwood, the former born in England, while the latter was a native of Wisconsin. Upon his emigration to the new world, the father located in New York, but in 1855 he came to Winneshiek county and bought land in Calmar township, continuing to cultivate his land until the time of his death, which occurred in the fall of 1901. His wife survived for a few years, departing this life November 28, 1908.

Ernest L. Yarwood took up the tasks of the home farm at an early age and as the years passed he assisted more and more in the work of the fields. He acquired his education during the winter seasons in the district schools near his home. In 1905 he rented the home place and became so successful that in 1911 he was able to buy his brothers' interest, so that he is now the owner of one hundred and eighty-eight acres. He has improved the place to some extent and now has a farm that is a credit to his labors.

It was on the 22d of February, 1903, that Mr. Yarwood was wedded to Miss Jennie Risdahl, a daughter of Diedrick Risdahl, who was born in Norway but emigrated to America at an early day. He was a carpenter by trade but after coming to Winneshiek county he also farmed in connection with his work of carpentry. He was an invalid for many years prior to his death and departed this life in 1895. The mother is still living, however, and makes her home in North Dakota. The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Yarwood has been blessed with four children: Dorothy G., a little maiden of six years; George M., four years of age; Ethel J., now two years old; and Earl S., an infant of six months.

Mr. Yarwood's study of the political questions has led him to give stalwart support to the republican party, while his religious faith is that of the Lutheran church. His has been a busy and well spent life and he well deserves the success that has come as a fitting crown to his labors.

Source: History of Winneshiek County, Iowa Vol. II Chicago the S. J. Clark Publishing Company 1913

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