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    S. Frank Yates, proprietor of one of the largest and best general stores in Miami County, located in the village of Lena, is a substantial and progressive citizen. He was born in Brown Township, Miami County, in 1864, and comes of an old family of the community. He is a son of Samuel and Phoebe (Shanks) Yates, and a grandson of Ebenezer Yates.

    Ebenezer Yates came from New Jersey at an early date and located upon a farm in Lost Creek Township, Miami County, Ohio, where he passed the remainder of his days. Samuel Yates was born in Miami County and here passed a life of great usefulness. He was a prosperous farmer and was the owner of two good properties in Brown Township. He married Phoebe Shanks and they became parents of the following children: Alice J., wife of George W. Brecount; Florence, who died at the age of seventeen years; Mary Ann, wife of Joseph Wolcott; S. Frank, whose name heads this record; Clara B., who was first married to James Buckles, and after his demise, to I.M. Wolcott; and Earl A., who married Mattie Denman, a daughter of Dr. Denman of Lena.

    S. Frank Yates was reared in Brown Township and received a good common school education. He engaged in farming on the home place and in 1893, embarked in the poultry business, in which he met with success, and was at that time a member of the firm of White & Yates and was engaged in the general mercantile business at Lena for many years. Upon selling out that business, Mr. Yates moved to Troy, where for fifteen months he engaged in clerking. At the end of that time, in 1908, he again purchased the store at Lena, where he now continues. He carries a comprehensive line of general merchandise and groceries, and enjoys the liberal patronage of the community. In 1901, he erected one of the finest store buildings in Miami County, aside from those to be found in the two principal cities. He has taken an active interest in the affairs of the place, and for a period of sixteen years has served efficiently as a member of the Board of Education.

    Mr. Yates was united in marriage with Miss Wilda M. White, a daughter of James White of Champaign County, Ohio, and they have two children: Ethel M. and Florence A. Religiously, they are members of the Baptist Church. Politically he is inclined to be independent, casting his ballot always for the man best fitted for the office. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Masons, and the Knights of the Golden Eagle.

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