Samuel Yingst


SAMUEL YINGST, tax collector and farmer of Gilpin township was born there Aug. 29, 1849, a son of Samuel and Christina (Klingensmith) Yingst. His paternal grandfather came from Germany, settling at what is now Bagdad, Armstrong Co., Pa., where he died as did his wife, and they are buried in the cemetery at Freeport, Pennsylvania.

Samuel Yingst was born in Bagdad, and moved to that part of Allegheny township now known as Gilpin, farming until his death, which occurred July 31, 1850, when he was fifty-five years, four months, twenty-seven days old. His wife died Feb. 16, 1885, aged sixty-five years, eleven months, eighteen days. Their children were: Catherine, who married Joseph Low (who served in Company M, 5th Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery), and (second) Robison Bowser: David, who died in 1908, aged fifty-seven years; Mary A., who married Anthony Altman and (second) his brother William; Henry E., who married Mary Hust, and lives in Totonto, Ohio; Christina, who married John welsh; and Samuel. After the death of Mr. Yingst his widow married (second) Joseph Lessig, and they had one son, Zachariah, now living in Gilpin township.

Samuel Yingst, Jr., attended public school in his native township, and when eighteen years old began learning the carpenter's trade, which he followed until 1902, in various places, although his permanent residence was near the Forks Church. During ten years of this period he took contracts in Leechburg and surrounding country, building houses, barns and coal tipples, doing a large business. He is also engaged in the flour and feed business at Forks Church, being one of the best known men of Gilpin township.

On June 1, 1871, Mr. Yingst was married to Sarah A. Bowman, daughterof George and Sarah (Turney) Bowman, and the following children have been born of this marriage: Clara B. married William Fair: George E., who married Laura Myers, lives at Leechburg: Sarah E. married Jonathan Myers; Harry T., who married Verna Hawk, lives at New Kensington; J. Philip lives in Dravosburg, Pa.; Effie G. is married to Lyal Phillips and living at New Kensington; William D. is braking on the Pennsylvania railroad.

Mr. Yingst is a Democrat. In 1909 he was elected tax collector of Gilpin township, and reelected in 1913, for four years. He is a member of the Lutheran Forks Church, having joined when eighteen years old, and is very prominent in its work, having served as deacon for twelve years and trustee nine years. When the new church edifice was built he served on two building committees, giving the church the benifit of his practical experience. Mr. Yingst gives his service as janitor and sexton of the church he loves so dearly. Fraternally he belongs to the Odd Fellows and State Grange.

The Yingst family holds annual reunions, and Mr. Yingst is very much interested in these gatherings and active in promoting them, having been president of the association from the beginning.

Source: Page 740, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed October 1998 by Rodney G Rosborough for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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