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              GEORGE K. YOURT

    George K. Youart was a youth of fifteen when he came with his father to Tippecanoe City. He assisted in the operation of his father's steam saw-mill and learned the business of engineering. He was engineer in the mill for a period of six years and when his father closed out business he was given the position of engineer by his successor, filling the place for seven years longer. He was also at one time employed as engineer by the Smith Bridge Company, of Toledo, and in 1869 he came to Tippecanoe City to set up the first engine owned by Mr. Ford, who in that year began business as the senior partner of the firm of Ford & Company. Mr. Youart operated that engine for twenty-one years and in 1869 it was replaced by a one-hundred-and-twenty-five-horsepower Buckeye engine, of which he has had charge up to the present time, making a period of thirty years, which has been continuous, with the exception of about three years spent in other factories. During the forty-four years in which he has carried on engineering work he has never met with an accident by which he has sustained an injury. On one occasion, while he was chief engineer in the sugar factory, the boiler exploded, destroying the entire battery of four one- hundred-horsepower boilers, but Mr. Youart was not on duty at the time. On the 7th of September, 1862, Mr. Youart was united in marriage to Miss Candace Karn, who was reared by an aunt upon a farm which is now theirs. Four children have been born to them: John R., an engineer in the employ of the Street Railway Company , of Kansas City, Missouri; Alva George, who is clerk in the Hotel Cordova, in Kansas City; Harry A., an engineer in the Union depot in Kansas City, and Lucian Lester, an engineer in the water power house at Tippecanoe City. The sons were all instructed by their father in the business, which he has made his life work, and were therefore well fitted for the practical duties of business life. Since 1874 Mr. Youart has been chief engineer of the fire department, which owns a Silsby engine. He has invested in a farm near the village and also in village property, which indicates his thrift and enterprise, all having been ac-quired as the result of his earnest and persevering effort. He is a most trusted and reliable employee and fully merits the confidence reposed in him.

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