Pictorial and Genealogical Record
of Greene County, Missouri

Together with Bibliographies of Prominent Men of Other Portions of the State, Both Living and Dead


E. L. YANCY, who is endowed by nature with such gifts as characterize true manhood in all that the word implies, is the genial, courteous and capable clerk of the criminal court of Greene County, Mo. In his ability the people's confidence has not been misplaced, for under his capable management every thing moves along with clock work precision. He has made his home in Springfield since 1885, and by his honesty in all business transactions, as well as by his correct mode of living, he has made numerous warm and faithful friends. Mr. Yancy is a native of Shelbyville, Tenn., born September 15, 1861, and the son of James and Martha (Wifhoite) Yancy, the father a native of the grand old State of Virginia, and the mother of Mississippi. Both are old and prominent families, the members having settled in this country in Colonial days, and both took a deep interest in all enterprises for the advancement and improvement of the country. Our subject was left fatherless when a small boy, and he was reared by his mother, who is still living and residing in Shelbyville, Tenn. Her family consisted of two sons and three daughters, E. L. Yancy being her youugest child. The other son, Willis P., is general manager for William Deering & Co., of Kansas City, Mo. The daughters are living in Shelbyville with the mother, who is now seventy years old, but quite active for her years. The Yancy fainilv has ever been highly respected, and the members well-to-do. The original of this notice passed his boyhood and youth in Shelbyville, Tenn., and at an early age became convinced that he wanted a good education. "Money," he reasoned, "might take to itself wings and fly away, but a good education would last through life." He entered the high school, applied himself, but was obliged to start out while still quite young, to hoe his own way in life. He has held many positions, and discharged the duties of all in a creditable and satisfactory manner. He became an expert bookkeeper, and has followed that business for years. For a year he was in the employ of the Gulf Railroad, and in 1891 was appointed by Mr. Samuel Wood, treasurer of Greene County, as assistant county treasurer, which position he held for a year and a half. On June 21, 1893, he was appointed by Gov. Stone, of Missouri, to the position he now holds, clerk of the criminal court of Greene County. He entered upon his duties, and has proved himself a beau ideal public officer, being accurate, punctual, intelligent and obliging. Mr. Yancy is a Democrat of long standing. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and one of the county's most intelligent and well posted young men. He was married in Springfield to Miss Jessie, daughter of L. H. Murray, editor of the Democratic paper. Mr. and Mrs. Yancy have two children, Lolita and Lillard, and have a pleasant home on South Grant Street. Mrs. Yancy was reared in this city, is a lady of literary attainments, and is a leader in society.

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