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CHARLES H. YEAGER, the extensive dry goods merchant doing business at Sharon and also at Akron, Ohio, is a well known man of Mercer county, Pennsylvania. He was born in Trumbull county, Ohio, December 19, 1852, a son of John and Rebecca (Raber) Yeager. The father was born in Lehigh county, Pennsylvania, and died in 1853. The mother died at the age of sixty-eight years. They were the parents of nine children, three of whom still survive: Joseph; William; Charles Henry, of this notice. John Yeager removed from Pennsylvania to Ohio soon after his marriage and spent his days in the Buckeye state as a general farmer. Politically he was a Democrat.
Educated in the public schools until fourteen years of age, Charles H. Yeager then engaged in merchandise business at Newton Falls, Ohio, for a number of years, then moved to Warren, Ohio, and there engaged in the dry goods trade, continuing between six and seven years, when he sold his business and embarked in a new role—that of traveling salesman, for Morgan, Root & Co. This brought him to his twenty-first year of age, which was in 1873. He then engaged in the dry goods trade at Brookfield, Ohio, where he remained two years, sold out and went to Cleveland, Ohio, from which city he traveled as a commercial salesman for Alcott, Horton & Co., with whom he remained until they closed out their business. The firm of Monahan, Green & Yeager was organized for the purpose of carrying on the wholesale notion business. Later, this business was sold to Root and McBride Bros., when Mr. Yeager again took the road, as salesman for the new firm, continuing for several years. Leaving the road, he engaged in the dry goods business, at Wheeling, West Virginia, the firm being known as E. M. McGillan & Co. After a time the business was sold and Mr. Yeager returned to Cleveland, Ohio, and in 1885 he went to Sharon, Pennsylvania, and there engaged in the dry goods business, being now head of the firm of C. H. Yeager & Co., made up of himself and B. E. Fenstemaker, dealers in dry goods, carpets and wall paper, at Sharon and Akron. He also had a store at Conneaut, Ohio, for a number of years, which he sold in 1906 and then bought a department store of Dague Bros. & Co., at Akron, Ohio, this being a stock company of which Mr. Yeager was made the president, and which business he is still operating. He also organized a wall paper business at Cleveland, Ohio, the firm name being J. B. Pierce Wall Paper Co. Besides the business interests already enumerated, Mr. Yeager is one of the directors of the M. & M. Bank of Sharon, Pennsylvania. In his religious views and church profession, Mr. Yeager is in accord with the Presbyterian denomination, while politically, he votes with the Republican party.
June 30, 1882, Mr. Yeager was married to Mary L. Patterson. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio, a daughter of Edward and Harriet Patterson. The father was born in Pine Plains, New York, and the mother in Erie county, Pennsylvania. Mr. Patterson is deceased, but the mother is residing in Sharon. They had but the one child—Mrs. Yeager. Mr. Patterson entered the army at the time of the Civil war, under General Harvey, at the very outset of the conflict in 1861, and served until the close of the war, he being captain of his company. After the war he became general passenger agent for the Big Four Railroad Company, which office he held for many years and up to the date of his death. Mr. and Mrs. Yeager are the parents of one daughter—Helen, who was educated in the Walnut Lane Seminary, of Philadelphia.