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JOSEPH YERKES AND HIS DESCENDANTS

BY ELIAS S. WOODMAN

The political complexion of this family is of no pronounced type or shade, partaking as it does of all the parties of the day. While William Yerkes was an old school whig, many of his children and grandchildren can be found in the ranks of the republicans, democrats and prohibitionists, plainly showing that their political thinking is done under their own hats, unhampered by political dogmas or party precedents. In this imperfect sketch I have sought to delineate one of the many sons of Michigan, before whose manly strokes the forest primeval has given place to green fields and waving grain; one who helped to clear a path for the resistless march of the settler ever westward bound; one whose humble but honest deeds deserve this passing tribute, and whose name deserves a place in our memory and as an example to those who shall follow after us.
The words of the German poet Goethe express my closing sentiments better than I can utter them, when he says: "Happy the man, who with s, bright regard, Looks back upon his father's fathers; Who with joy recounts their deeds of grace, And in himself values the latest link ; In the fair chain of noble sequences. "

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