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Dennis Yarwood, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dean L. Yarwood, is congratulated by Pastor Ralph Anderson,

St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, Columbia, Mo. Dennis is the fourth son of the Yarwoods to attain the coveted Eagle Scout Award. Pictured from left to right are Kent 20, Keith, 19, Pastor Anderson, Douglas, 17, Dennis, 16 and Elaine and Dean Yarwood. The boys’ grandparents are the Virgil Benders of Decorah and the late Harold Yarwoods, formerly of Decorah.

LPN school in 1977 and began employment as a Licensed Practical Nurse at the Harry S. Truman Veterans Memorial Hospital. I have worked there for 18 years. While in Columbia, four of our children graduated from the University of Missouri and one from Central Missouri State University.

Our daughter, Lucinda, married David Snider 28 Nov 1981. They have 2 daughters, Rebecca Leigh, 7 years old, and Abigail Layne, 2 years old. Cindy is a Providers Relations Representative at All Saints Health System in Fort Worth, TX, and David is employed as a Commercial Realtor by Woodmont Realty Associates in Fort Worth.

Our oldest son, Kent, married Clara Frank, 18 Feb 1995. He has 4 step-children: Teresa Massimo by his first marriage, and by his second marriage, Donald (married to Heather Griggs), Tanya, and Christopher Barlett, and step-granddaughter, Ashley Dawn ( 4 years old). Kent is employed as a General Manager of an International House of Pancakes; Clara is a Leasing Representative for Broadmoor Apartments in Dallas, TX. They reside in nearby Cedar Hills.

Keith married Debra Sapp 12 Aug 1989. After completing his Bachelor of Journalism degree and MBA degree, and then working for several years for the university television station as an Account Executive, he is back in school, pursuing a law degree at the University of Missouri Law School. Debra is the General Manager for the Missouri Symphony.

Douglas earned a Master of Music degree from Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University. He is employed part-time playing the string bass with the Richmond Symphony and the Annapolis Symphony. In addition, he has a day job as Assistant Manager for Fairfax Apartment Associates in Alexandria, VA, where he resides.

Dennis married Elba Reinoso 26 May 1987. They have 2 sons, Paul Dean, 5 years old, and Allan Virgil, 2 years of age. Dennis earned his M.A. degree in Geophysics at the University of Texas at El Paso, where he also completed extensive course work for the Ph.D. before dropping out in favor of employment. He has a position as a Geophysicist with Arco International Petroleum Company. Elba is a part-time student at North Texas State University. She is majoring in Cytotechnology. They live in The Colony, TX, which is half-way between Dennis’ work in Plano and Elba’s school in Denton.

Young, George and Minnie (Gutzka)

(R. L. Bolson)

The Youngs were German and came from Alsace Lorraine. They were hardworking farmers in the days when farm power was horses and mules. Homes were heated with wood, cows were milked by hand, the milk was run through a hand operated cream separator, the cream sold to a local creamery, and the skim milk fed to the hogs, calves, and chickens* Drinking water and water for livestock provided either by a hand pump or wind mill. Some of the farmers built along a creek or spring.

George Young was married to Minnie Gutzka and they farmed near Jackson Junction for about 2 years where their daughter Violet was born. They moved to a farm a mile or two east of Burr Oak where daughter Elsie was born. Later they moved to a farm 4 miles east of Burr Oak which they purchased from a man named Stortz. Most of their farming days were spent here. Another daughter, Gertrude, was born here as well as a son, George, Jr. They lived in an old house for awhile, part of it was a chicken house before and afterwards. Then they built a new house. The carpenter’s name was Eggen. They had an orchard with several kinds of apples, and a large garden. They butchered hogs and cattle for their own use with part of the meat being cold-packed. They had a smoke house for curing some of the meat. Apples, pumpkins and squash, carrots and onions, were stored in the basement. Minnie was an excellent cook with relatives always knowing they would get a delicious meal at the Young Home. Baking and cooking was done on a wood stove. Mrs. Young was an expert in raising ducks, geese, and chickens that were hatched under broody hens. There were 2 ponds on the farm and ducks and geese enjoyed them. The field work was not only done with horses, but also provided transportation to church at St. John’s Lutheran in Locust and shopping trips to Burr Oak. Hay was put in the barn loose, using a hay fork pulled by horses. Evening chores were done after dark by light from


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