Yoder Newsletter Online

Issue Number 21 - - - April 1993
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-contributed by John W Yoder

In recognition of the 250th anniversary of the arrival of the Amish Yoder line, the Casselman River Amish and Mennonite Historians featured the Yoders with programs last September at the Maple Glenn Church near Grantsville, MD.

The programs were held Friday evening and Saturday, Sept. 4 and 5. After a business meeting, the show began with an excellent slide presentation by Virgil Yoder of Natrona heights, PA. The slides concentrated mainly on European sites very significant to Anabaptism and the Yoder name along with a narration of history and music. Saturday morning there were two early meetings proposing projects in the Grantsville area. One concerned the restoration of the Beach-Miller Cemetery, and the other proposed to build at Penn Alps a Yoder (information) house constructed of stones collected from old Yoder homesteads in the area.

The first order of the Saturday program was more slides by Virgil Yoder followed by a short presentation on the Yoder Newsletter an the YNL Family Information on computer discs by John W. Yoder of Middlebury, IN. Before lunch, Kenneth L. Yoder of Grantsville spoke about the surprisingly numerous places named Yoder. Kenneth Yoder was also the moderator of the entire event.

After lunch, Senior YNL Contributing Editor Rachel Kreider discussed early Yoder genealogies. Rachel is the co-author (with Dr. Hugh Gingerich) of the seminal work "Amish and Amish Mennonite Genealogies" (Pequea Publishers, Gordonville, PA. (C) 1986). She went into some detail on their finings an the justification for the conclusions in their book. Before leaving the podium, Rachel invited Leroy Beachy (a Holmes County, Ohio historian and author) up to discuss his theory on the name of the husband of the "Widow Barbara" Yoder.

Also present were eight members of the North Carolina Yoders, descendants of Conrad Yoder who settled there in the late 1700s. Speakers from this group Ted N. Yoder of Hickory, NC and Hubert Yoder of Charlotte, NC. They did a fine job of telling who they were and what's in their past.

The Yoder newsletter helped in promoting the event by handling the mailing of announcements to our list of subscribers. Approximately 75 to 100 people attended the activities. It was a great chance to connect with others of similar interests.


A Busy Miss Indiana

by John W. Yoder


High Quality genes from the Yoder blood lines have manifested

themselves quite nicely in this year's Miss Indiana, and Miss America

second runner-up Shelli R. Yoder of Shipshewana, Ind. Many of us saw

her perform in the Miss America pageant televised nationally from

Atlantic City, N.J. last September.

Easily one of the most beautiful young ladies in the contest, she

survived preliminary competition during the week and remained to take

third position out of fifty in Saturday night's pageant. In the audience,

of course, were her very proud parents, and a couple of bus loads of

family, friends and supporters mostly from the Shipshewana area.

In the months since that event, the position in the Miss America

competition has not required much of her time, although it gave her

notoriety on a national scale. Her title as Miss Indiana, on the other

hand, has kept her very busy with the life of a celebrity. Shelli has a full

time job this year making seven to nine appearances per week

throughout Indiana. At these appearances to civic groups, school

gatherings, etc., she often sings and and speaks on a platform dealing

with self esteem, nutrition and eating disorders.

Mixed in with that schedule are appearances for Miles Laboratories

promoting their "One-A-Day" nutrition plan. She also does the

occasional television commercial for large automobile dealerships. That

work has netted her the use of a 1993 Ford, along with a good deal on a

1993 Honda.

Although she has been accepted at Illinois's Northwestern University,

her recent celebrity status has opened a few doors of opportunity so that

(apart from wedding plans next January) her immediate future after the

end of her reign on June 1, 1993 is not certain.

Shelli's father, Roger Yoder, told us that while at the Miss America

Pageant he learned that the mother of Miss Delaware had been a Yoder,

and that grandparents of Miss Iowa had been a Yoder-Schrock union.

For those wishing to check how closely they are related, Shelli's

"AAMG" number is YR2344338132.



Descendants of Frederick and Maria Shartle Yoder of Berks Co., PA

(children: Alfred, Cyrus, Wellington, Jacob, Amelia, Mary and Valeria)

and others interested, at Sallem (Belleman's) Union Church, Belleman's

Church Road, Mohrsville, Berks County, PA.:




Picnic lunch provided ($5). Bring family records, memorabilia. Visit

Frederick's home, church, grave. Reservations by June 1, to Edward

Yoder, 5028 Northlawn Dr., Murraysville, PA. 15668 (phone 412-327-

7646) or Morris L. Yoder, 149 Decatur Rd., Havertown, PA 19083

(phone 215-446-4131).


REUNIONS- Announce them and then give the results in the YNL...

don't forget to get the word in promptly!


Through the YNL I have connected with some long lost cousins, and

have been able to meet a couple and fill out some branches on the

family tree.

One of them is Edward Yoder of Murraysville, PA, a second cousin

whom I had never met until a couple of week ago. He was visiting his

mother in West Leesport, Berks Co., about sixty miles from here. We

arranged to get together at a mid point, my alma mater, Ursinus

College, Collegeville, PA., to talk about a reunion.

As a result, we are planning one, and would appreciate your putting

a notice in the next YNL, if possible.

Sincerely, Morris L. Yoder Havertown,PA


(Editors note- see the Frederick Yoder Reunion notice elsewhere in this

edition of the YNL)


What were the origins of LOUISA/LOUISE YODER, born May 1835,

who married Henson Bright and resided around Alton, Illinois.

Supposedly her father was a "Franklin Yoder". Please reply to: Rebecca

Hogan, 2130 West Dell Drive, Alton, IL 62002-6944.


Information wanted on DANIEL YOTHERS of Centre Co, PA. His

daughter Mary (1793-1875) m. William Mullhollan (1792-1839). Their

daughter Rececca married Thomas Bowles and resided in Caldwell

County, MO. Reply to: Mrs. Margaret H. Beltz, RR 2, Haven, KS





Just after the last YNL was put to bed, we received a copy of an ad by

Halbert's in Bath, OH. YNL Readers may recall that we have warned

several times about "Yoder Books" by this and similar firms which are

little more than telephone book listings. This ad announced sweatshirts

with a family name and "Yoder Coat of Arms".

Be very careful of such ads.. most coat of arms offered by companies

like this are fake ones with no historical connection to the family

named. If you haven't seen a coat of arms in a past YNL, then it is

probably not a true one.




stores and other firms which have had shirts, buckets, or other items

with our family name on them. The YNL will gladly announce these for

our readers! Please send detailed descriptions, and full information

about cost (to include postage and handling) to: Chris Yoder, Unit

61306 Box 56, APO AE 09803-1306 for the next edition.



Dorothy's new disk




Jeffery Yoder and his wife Deborah Werksman, of Bridgeport, CT,

began a satirical newsletter three years ago called the "Quayle

Quarterly". The magazine, styled as "The Watchful Eye on the Vice

Presidency" was dedicated to lampooning the Vice Presidents public

misstatements. According to the Associated Press, the newsletter had

built up a circulation of 12,000 with subscribers in all 50 states.

With the results of the 1992 election, Mr. Yoder indicates they will

cease publication. He says, however, they may do a couple issues when

the 1996 campaign starts up, if Quayle starts running.

(Thank goodness the YNL is not seasonally dependent!)


Yoder clinches Republican win for state Senate


By Jill SHADICK Journal Staff Writer


CHARLES TOWN--The third election was the charm for Harpers Ferry attorney John Yoder.


In his third try for political office, Yoder clinched the Eastern Panhandle's new state Senate seat in Tuesday's general election, upping the number of Republicans in the state Senate from one to two.


Yoder defeated Democratic nominee and Charles Town resident Curtis E. Brannon in Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties.


Yoder received 51.3 percent of the votes in Jefferson County while Brannon received 48.7 percent.

In Berkeley County, Yoder received 56.17 percent of the votes while Brannon received 43.8 percent. In Morgan County, almost 63 percent of the votes were cast for Yoder while about 37 percent went to Brannon.


Yoder's win followed two unsuccessful races he waged in the last few years. He lost in the 1990 race against U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller D-W.Va. In 1988, he ran against Sen. Tom Hawse, D-Hardy, then an incumbent in the House of Delegates.


Yoder, a Harpers Ferry attorney and businessman, will join Donna Boley of Pleasants County as the second Republican in the state Senate.


JOHN YODER (R)-----------17,828

CURTIS BRANNON (D)----14,392






"MICHIANA ROOTS" a genealogical column by Carol Collins

which appears in the South Bend Tribune, on 1/10/93 featured a story

of Mr. John Yuhasz, 202 E 16th St., Mishawaka, Ind 46544. Mr.

Yuhasz has been collecting old Bibles for about 20 years from the

Northern Indiana area. He'd now like to put them back into the hands of

any family members he can find for the cost of shipping.

Three of these Bibles have Yoder relationships:

1) Cornelius M. Hockstetler 1859-1941; Manasses H. Hockststler b

1828, m. Fanny Yoder b. 1828. Bible belonged to Levi and Lizzie

Hochstetler of Nappanee in the 1960s. (Fanny Yoder was the daughter

of Daniel Yoder (YR1253) and Barbara Yoder (YR2361)).

2) Joseph Eshleman, m1. 1855 Joliet, Ill., Sarah Shreffer, m2. 1859

Wayne Co, OH, to Barbary Yoder. (Barbary was the daughter of Joseph

Yoder (YR23b3) and Mary Farmwald. Children were born in Ill., Ohio

and Marshall County, Ind.

3) Joseph C Ullery (1827-1875) m Julia Ann ___?__

(1833-1913). Descendants included Jaquith, Patterson, Sheets, Johnson,

Yoder and Whiteman family members). Yoder not identified.

The YNL has passed this information along to several readers with

know relationship to these line.. anyone else, please contact Mr.


(Thanks to F C Yoder,Goshen for spotting the article)



Reannounce Dicks request for help... inc Sch, North, Columbia and

neighboring counties.


French & Indian War- RDY research yields zip


Mathias Yotter=-- Dotter instead




"Dear Editor:

"I was pleased to discover that a Yoder Newsletter is in existence

because, though I have no Yoder connections, there is a Yoder referred

to in my g-grandmother's diaries and I felt it was a shame that I had no

way to share this.

"These diaries were written by ELIZABETH LARIMER

TORRANCE, born 1814 & died 1886, from her farm at Crabtree,

Westmoreland Co., PA. She had 5 daughters but no husband to help

her; the work was done by her brother and a hired man and friend of

whom the family seemed very fond- Charles T Yoder. I don't know

more about Charles but think he lived in Pittsburg after his marriage.

"1859, Sept.22- Charles T Yoder drove Cherry out to Latrobe.

"1860, Jun 4- Mrs. Yoder and her little daughter Francis came here.

"1860, June 18- Mrs. Yoder and Francis started for home.

"1861, Sept.13- Charles T Yoder and D.L. Crawford started to join

the army.

"1867, Mar.26- Charley was married today in Washington City- to

Miss Annie E. Warder a Washington lady.

"1867, Mar.27- Charlies' marriage published in this evenings Herald.

"If one of your readers knows "my Charles Yoder" I would very

much like to learn more about him. I too have become fond of him."

--Mrs. Lee Whitehouse, 1007 Woodacre Dr, Boulder City,

NV 89005


EDITORS NOTE: We were very pleased to introduce Mrs. Whitehouse

to the feature article about this gentleman in YNL #18. Also sent copies

of her input to three of CTY's descendants. The YNL is continually

being quite happily surprised by what the mail brings us!


Hubert Yoder write-up


"I greatly appreciate your Yoder Newsletter. It always has a lot of good

research and news in it."

-Dr. Delbert Gratz, Bluffton, OH


YODER RELATED BOOK: "Heinrich Weidner 1717-1792, Catherine

Mull Weidner 1733-1804 of Lincoln Co., NC Through Four

Generations". Price $66.00. 6x9 Smyth sewn linen cover, four-color

dust jacket, 1103 pages, acid free paper. 28,071 names indexed by full

name. Includes the story of Weidner's granddaughter Catherine

(Dellinger) Yoder (1782-1863) and her husband Jacob Yoder (1767-

1843) who migrated to Indiana, their children and grandchildren.

Order from; Anne Williams McAllister, P.O. Box 579, Lenoir, N.C.



Mabel Brunk- ads for grandfather


CORRECTION- In YNL #20 we reported (pg 4) that Eve Best Yoder's

will had been found in Clinton Co.,PA. It was really the Auditors

Report (Book A, page 198).





Philadelphia County

-- Hans Yoder -- 41 acres Jan.24, 1733

-- John Yoder -- 100 acres Feb.5, 1733

-- Daniel Yoder -- 150 acres Feb.16,1737

-- John Yoder -- 100 acres Apr.27,1737

-- Yost Yoder -- 100 acres May 18, 1737

-- John Yoder -- 50 acres Aug.2, 1738

-- John Yoder -- 50 acres Jan.29,1739

-- John Yoder -- 100 acres May 2, 1739


Bucks County

-- Hans Yoder -- 250 acres Mar.4, 1737

-- John Yoder -- 150 acres Oct.24, 1738

-- John Yoder -- 75 acres Mar.14,1742


Lancaster County

-- Christian Yoder -- 100 acres Oct.19,1743

-- Jacob Yoder -- 50 acres Oct.28,1747

-- Christian Yoder -- 160 acres Aug.28,1751


Chester County

-- Daniel Yoder -- 100 acres Jun.21,1749


Berks County

-- Michael Yoder -- 25 acres May 9, 1754

-- Christian Yoder -- 25 acres May 9, 1754

-- Christian Yoder -- 100 acres Oct.27,1754

-- Christian Yoder -- 44.80 acres Nov.26, 1766

-- John Yoder -- 150 acres Nov.24, 1784

-- Daniel Yuter -- 40 acres Feb.9,1787

-- Abraham Yoder -- 300 acres Mar.19,1806

-- Daniel Yoder -- 237.8 acres Aug.10,1809

-- Peter Yoder -- 32.73 acres Jun.13,1810


Cumberland County

-- Jacob Yoder -- 50 acres Sep. 6, 1755


Northampton County

-- Jacob Yoder -- 40.158 acres Dec.9, 1766

-- Jost Yeother -- 65 acres Nov. 9, 1785


Washington County

-- Melchior Yeather -- 300 acres Dec.4, 1786


Huntington County

-- Isaac Yoder -- 200 acres Dec.17,1793


Center County

-- Daniel Yothers -- 80 acres Jan.31, 1834

-- Joseph Jr. Yoder -- 55 acres may 14,1816


Juniata County

-- Christian Yoder -- 1 1/2 acres -- Dec.13, 1841

-- Jacob Yoder -- 19.35 acres Mar. 8,1842

-- Christian Yoder -- 29.145 acres Mar.8, 1842

-- Benjamin Yoder--140 acres April 10,1849

-- Joseph Yoder as guardian for heirs to Christian Yoder

44 acres May 25,1853


Schuylkill County

-- Andrew Yoder -- 100 acres Jan.25,1875




Moderator Kenneth L. Yoder of Grantsville, MD


Ted M. Yoder, Hickory NC, Historian of the NC Yoders


Rachel K. and Leroy Beachy, Holmes Co,OH Historian

Discuss a point of familial research


The Audience (from the back-- recognize anyone?)


Ted M.


April 1993



WHO IS THIS BARBARA JODER?? Richard H Yoder provided this

inscription which appears in a catechism and song book now resting

with the Boyertown PA Historical Society. At the lower part of the fly

leaf is added "Mary Ann G. Fegley, New Berlin, June 10, 1859.

Presented to her by her grandfather." Can any of our readers identify

this Barbara?????


Pennsylvania Land Warrants and Patent Index


compiled by Richard H. Yoder August 8, 1991


This information was obtained from 10 rolls of microfilm belonging

to the Berks County Genealogical Society library located in the Albright

College Library, Reading, PA.

I checked through the letters I,J and Y for the various Yoder

spellings. In these records I only used the surname if it was spelled

OTHER than "Y-O-D-E-R".

To purchase land, an oral or written request was submitted to the

secretary of the Land Office, along with a partial or full payment for the

tract. The application stated the applicants name, the amount of land

requested, and usually the location. When the application was

approved, the secretary completed a warrant (an order to survey). When

the surveying was completed, the drawings were sent to the Surveyor

General who filed it with the warrant. When the purchaser paid the

balance in full, a return of survey was sent to the Land Office. It then

prepared a Patent, which was the final deed passing all rights to the

land to the individual owner. The original patent went to the new

owner, and a copy was bound in the patent book.



(Warrant and Patent Info. to be continued in the next issue of the Yoder





The YNL will publish Yoder related inquiries or exchanges at no

charge. Please limit to 30 or so words plus a full return address. All

inquiries are checked against our own records to see if we can help too.

Send to: Chris Yoder, Unit 61306 Box 56, APO AE 09803-1306.


TWO FOR ONE- Would like information on ANNIE YODER who

married Jacob C. Kolb on 6/29/1768. Her parents were Caspar Yoder

and Barbara___, and grandparents Hans Yoder who married to Anna.

Reply to (both): Sharon Smith, 612 Shady Retreat #56, Doylestown, PA

18901; and Mrs. Ellen Chestnutt, 718 Pioneer Lane, Colorado Springs,

Colorado 80904

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Note: The YNL would like to thank H. Walter (Harry) Yoder, of Grand

Rapids, Michigan for continuing to refer Yoder queries to the YNL.

We've been able to help many of his correspondents (like these above

from the Mennonite Line (Annie =YB22) and others have helped the

YNL with Yoder "missing links".


Richard H Yoder, R D 2 Box 374, Bechtelsville, PA 19505- Would like

partners to help in researching the branches of the Oley Valley Yoders.

This includes Yoder lines in BERKS, SCHUYLKILL,

NORTHUMBERLAND, COLUMBIA and neighboring counties in

Pennsylvania. Any volunteers to assist in a team effort? (Note by YNL:

Richard, a YNL co-editor, has been doing a real service to us all

through his investigations).



The second quinquennial national Hochstetler- Hostetler-Hochstedler

Family gathering will be held July 24, 1993 at Central High School,

Kidron, Ohio. Many Yoders of Amish descent are also descended from

the Jacob Hochstetler of the Indian attack fame. At the last session in

1988, over 1200 descendants gathered in Goshen, Indiana. A full

program of events is scheduled. Additional info. may be obtained from

the H/H/H Family Association (219) 533-7819; Pauline Yoder (216)

877-3341; or Jr. Bitikofer (216) 852-2672.





Mr. and Mrs. Nelson G. Yoder of Boyertown, PA celebrate their 70th

Wedding Anniversary! Nelson is a great grandson of Christian Yoder

(YB1395 of the Mennonite Yoder line) who was born 11/2/1829,

married 7/6/1851 Catherine Brinker and died 9/21/1854. He is the

great-great grandson of Jacob Yoder who married Elizabeth Meyer and

who is buried in Coopersburg Cemetery.


Can any of our readers equal or top this lengthy union? Thanks to

Richard H. Yoder for bringing this to the attention of the YNL!



Thanks to Mabel V. Brunk of Goshen, IN for sharing this sales catalog

of her grandfather, S.P.Yoder of East Lewistown, OH. S.P. (Simon

Peter) was the son of Jacob Yoder (YRB111) who married Anna Yoder

(YR25142). He moved with his parents from Juniata Co., PA to

Mahoning Co., OH in 1854. On 10/4/1880 he married Mary Metzler.

This catalog is for a business he was in with his brother-in-law.


The Yoder Newsletter- Founded 1983 by

Ben F Yoder (1913-1992); Chris Yoder & Rachel Kreider



Chris Yoder, Editor, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; John W. Yoder, Circulation

Manager; Fred C. Yoder, Distribution Manager; Rachel Kreider, Senior

Contributing Editor. Contributors: Fred C Yoder, Goshen, IN; John W.

Yoder, Middlebury, IN; Richard H. Yoder, Bechtelsville, PA; Hubert A.

Yoder, Charlotte, NC; Dorothy Yoder Coffman, Malvern, PA; H.

Harold Harztler, Goshen, IN; Dr. Don Yoder, Devon, PA.



-Dealing with circulation issues such as new or renewed

subscriptions, changes of address, orders for back issues to: Yoder

Newsletter, P.O. Box 594, Goshen, IN 46526.

-Dealing with ancestral queries or contributions for future YNLs or

archives (such as reunion notices, letters to the Editor, copies of Bible

records or other historical information) to: Chris Yoder, Unit 61306,

Box 56, APO AE 09803-1306 (allow 3-4 weeks for reply)



The YNL subscription is on an annual basis and the rate is $3. As

the YNL is not-for-profit, we have generally been able to offer one or

more bonus issues in each subscription period. YOU WILL BE SENT A


will accompany your last issue). BACK ISSUES of the YNL are $1 per

issue ($21 for a complete set of issues 1-21). These may be ordered

from the Goshen YNL address.



A proposal is well underway in Grantsville, MD to build a house. A

group of volunteers who have Yoder heritage in common have

conceived of a primarily stone structure to be built among other houses

in a grouping called the Spruce Forest Artisan Village, adjacent to Penn

Alps in Grantsville. The structure may serve as an information center,

and perhaps a museum and repository of local Yoder materials. A

structure of similar function known as the "Miller House" already sets

in the Spruce Forest, it being a log house likely built by area patriarchs

Benedict and his son Joel Miller in about 1836 and which was moved

there and restored in the last few years by Miller volunteers.

The house is to be built primarily of "Yoder Stones"... stones

collected from the foundations of old Yoder homesteads in the area and

perhaps other stones with Yoder significance which may be donated by

people from other parts of the country.

The planning began at an initial meeting Sep.5, 1992, and took place

in conjunction with the Yoder programs by the Casselman River Area

Historians. At a later meeting, a design committee was appointed

chaired by Kenneth L. Yoder. The committee has since come forward

with a preliminary design and some additional ideas. A fund for this

project has been opened. The group is ready to accept donations and

volunteers, and a ground breaking is hoped for in the spring of 1993.

The group has pointed out that there seems to be no center for Yoder

information anywhere in the world.

Also housed in the Yoder Stone House will likely be the local bird

carvings of artisan Gary Yoder who has been part of the Spruce Forrest

group for several years.

Those wishing to make donations make them payable to Spruce

Forrest Artisan Village, Rt.2, Box 5A, Grantsville, MD 21536,

attention Esther Yoder. Please specify the use of your donation for the

"Yoder Stone House". The group has Federal status as a non-profit,

503C organization.





A group of volunteers with common Yoder heritage in common have

decided to build a "Yoder House" among other houses in a grouping

called the Spruce Forrest Artisan Village, adjacent to Penn Alps in

Grantsville, MD. The structure may serve as an information center, and

perhaps a museum and repository of local Yoder materials. A similar

structure known as the "Miller House" is already there. (It being a log

house likely built by area patriarchs Benedict and his son Joel Miller in

about 1836 and which was moved there and restored by volunteers).

The "Yoder House" is to be built primarily of "Yoder Stones"...

stones collected from the foundations of old Yoder homesteads in the

area and perhaps other stones with Yoder significance which may be

donated by people from other parts of the country.

The planning began at an initial meeting Sep.5, 1992, in conjunction

with the Yoder programs by the Casselman River Area Historians. At a

later meeting, a design committee was appointed chaired by Kenneth L.

Yoder and a fund for this project has been opened. The group is ready

to accept donations and volunteers, and a ground breaking is hoped for

in the spring of 1993.

Also housed in the Yoder Stone House will likely be the local bird

carvings of artisan Gary Yoder who has been part of the Spruce Forrest

group for several years.

Those wishing to make donations make them payable to Spruce

Forrest Artisan Village, Rt.2, Box 5A, Grantsville, MD 21536,

attention Esther Yoder. Please specify the use of your donation for the

"Yoder Stone House". The group has Federal status as a non-profit,

503C organization.




Back in 1986, at 17, Shelli Yoder entered and won the Miss

Limberlost pageant. Last year, wearing that title for a second time, she

came in first runner-up to Miss Indiana 1991. 1992 was her third and

final try in the Miss America competitions...next year the age limit

changes from 26 to 24, and Shelli will be 24 this coming August.







by Hubert A. Yoder


(Editors Note: Hubert told the story of this search at the Casselmans

Get-Together. We think it is an interesting tale and an excellent

example of what dedication and perseverance can bring to genealogical



In 1966, my cousin Fred Roy Yoder (author of the History of the

Yoder Family in North Carolina ) told me about the Albert Henry

Yoder papers. He had visited Albert Henry in 1939 in Seattle,

Washington and learned that AHY had been collecting data on the line

of Jacob Yoder (a son of Conrad Yoder of North Carolina who moved

to Indiana) and saw the trunk which was filled with papers on this

research. Fred did not look through these papers but was to go back and

copy them. In the meantime, WWII came along and Fred served two

years. When Fred did go back after the war he found the Yoder home

closed and a For Sale sign out front. None of the neighbors knew where

Mrs. Yoder had gone, but they did tell Fred that Mr. Yoder had died

several years previously. Here begins the story of the elusive Yoder


Fred knew that AHY had children, but he didn't know who they were

so here he had more or less let a trunk full of the Jacob Yoder papers

get away from him. Fred continued to collect data for his Yoder book

and he decided to include only the first two sons of Conrad by his first

marriage (leaving out Jacob, the third son). We discussed this at the

Yoder reunion in 1966 and I said that I would see if I could locate the

children of AHY.

I located Miriam Yoder Lander, Grand Forks, ND, by placing an ad

in the paper there. I wrote her how much we would like to include the

Jacob line in the book and that we knew her father had done years of

research. I asked her if she would please let us know what had

happened to the trunk and if it would be possible for either Fred or I to

check the papers. She sent my letter to her brother in Washington, D.C.

He answered that his brother who lived in Chicago had been given the

papers and he would contact him and see if he still had them. That was

the last we heard, although Fred and I both wrote several more times.

Time went on and Fred decided he would publish the book without the

Jacob line.

All these years I wondered what in the world they did with that trunk

of papers. In the summer of 1987, I noticed a lady in Colorado in the

Yoder Newsletter who was interested in the Jacob Yoder line. I called

her. In talking with her she also mentioned the papers in the trunk and

said that she had just learned that they were in the library at the

University of North Dakota, but she was not sure if this was true.

In the next 5 minutes, I called the University and they said they were

there and had been given to them by one of AHYs sons. This just about

set me on fire, because I had wanted to see the papers all these years

and now they were available. They sent along the inventory and I

decided the best thing to do was to go out there and check them once

and for all and then I'd know what was really in that trunk.

I went in October of 1987 and stayed on campus. When they rolled

those files out to me I couldn't believe that at long last I was to see the

Albert Henry Yoder Papers. I sat for 8 hours straight the first day

because I was so glad to finally see what Albert Henry had done. Many

of the papers did not pertain to the Jacob line. Albert Henry had done so

much ancestral research much of it was on his non-Yoder lines.

I had thought that probably most of the Jacob line would be there and

maybe information on the two brothers of Jacob (half-brothers) Elias

and Daniel. All three of them had left N.C. by wagon train in the early

1800's and gone to Clark Co., Indiana... Jacob later going to Monroe

Co., Ind. and dying there. Albert Henry had only researched his

immediate line from Jacob down to him. There was nothing on the

brothers or on the other children of Jacob, just the Henry from whom

Albert Henry descends. It was a bit of a disappointment, but I was glad

to get what I did. I expect that the most exciting part was the

autobiography that Albert Henry did of himself. It really gives you an

idea of what they faced going west in those early days. They must have

liked it though, because they would keep moving on about every 25

years to a new place and start over.

I was later able, again with the help of the YNL and its readers, to

discover information about the half-brothers Elias (see YNL #10) and

Daniel (YNL #16), but it was a particular thrill to locate this

information which had been found and then "lost" to my branch of the

family for almost 50 years.


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Shelli Yoder Hopes Third Time's Charmed As Pageant Opens Tonight


Miss. Elkhart County Shelli Yoder, at home in Shipshewana.


(New Photo by Deb J. Stack) Reprinted with permission of the Goshen News




Last year's disappointment has become this year's building block for Miss Elkhart County Shelli Yoder of Shipshewana. Tonight, six years after her first steps on a pageant stage, she begins preliminary competition in Michigan City in an all out, last-chance effort to become Miss Indiana.


Some say the third time's charmed. If the saying holds true, this third attempt at the state crown may just mean it's Shelli's year.


Back in l986, at l7, she entered and won the Miss Limberlost (see related story on this page) pageant. A year ago, wearing that crown for the second time, she came in as first runner-up to Miss Indiana 1991. Last month, she won the 1992 Elkhart County title.


Since the age limit for participating in Miss America pageantry changes next year from 26 to 24, Shelli--who'll be 24 at the end of August--will be ineligible to try again for the Limberlost title. Regulations allowed her to participate in the nearest preliminary, which was in Elkhart County.


Settling on the couch at her parents' home in Shipshewana last week, Shelli talked about the recent win, her work over the past year and the changing nature of Miss America pageantry.


"I really believe in the program" she said of her long association with Miss America pageants. "The

program really pushes young women to further their education. It pushes them to improve their talents--and to utilise them--and I really believe in that."


Issue platforms and community service are now crucial parts of competition, according to Shelli. That means keeping abreast of current events and formulating opinions about various topics is an ongoing exercise to prepare for interviewing with a panel of judges.


"Organisers are trying to remove that plastic image of Miss America," Shelli explained. Abbreviating the swimsuit competition and adding the emphasis on platforms are both parts of that changing focus.


An informed, articulate response to onstage questions asked during evening gown competition is another critical element. While there is no strict point value assigned to that part of the pageant, it is nonetheless important.


"It's not just a talent competition anymore " Shelli said. "If you look beautiful and you bomb your question, maybe the judges will think they need to look a little more."


Recent Win


"I was careful because I didn't want anybody to know that I had been first runner-up to Miss Indiana," Shelli said of the Elkhart pageant, held at the end of May. "They found out that I was in it, but I didn't want them to know that I first runner-up because I don't play those intimidation games. It's not fair, I don't believe in them, and the name of the game is not to make other people scared of you?


Such tactics also blunt the edge of competition, and that's no good either, according to Shelli " I don't like to compete against anyone who isn't doing their best", she said. "I wanted a run for the money, and it certainly was. We had a good strong group of girls. "


Rebound Year


The Elkhart County pageant was the first step in what will be, one way or another, Shelli's final competitive walk on the stage. She's been working, planning and preparing for that walk since leaving last year's Michigan City stage in second place.


"Last year I did do my best, but coming away from it, I knew there was a reason that I didn't become Miss Indiana," she said. "God did not have it in my plan at that time, and I was at peace with that. And I knew that I was the lucky one be cause if I wanted to go back, I had a whole 'nother year to prepare "


In the months since, Shelli pushed herself on several levels, using the drive she's needed since starting school as a child both young and small among her class mates. Athletically, I just could not compete," she said, "but voc ally, I found my niche and that's where I was able to use my talents. "


Voice lessons and continued physical workouts have been part of Shelli's year of preparation, but

perhaps the most striking thing she brought back with her from Michigan City was a desire to tell

others----especially kids--that coming up short of a goal does not need to be the end of their world. As a result, she designed a presentation called Rebound Bound, and has taken it to elementary and middle school students.


"I really felt like I wanted to share with the kids that. . . you may have your goals set, but sometimes you're going to fall short of them, and what are you going to do about it?" Shelli explained. The focus is defining success as one's personal best.


"Rebound Bound is just turning defeats into successes," Shelli said. "You're never a failure until you stop trying. Keep that positive attitude and realize that sometimes along the way you have to change goals, because that's life."


She has the same attitude concerning the state pageant with preliminaries tonight and Friday,and Saturday's crowning of Miss Indiana. "I just may have to change my goal," she said matter-of- factly

"And that's OK because I did my best and I can do something else and do my best again. Of Miss Indiana is in my plan, it's going to be a great puzzle piece. But if it's not - there'll be something bigger better waiting for me."


Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Yoder


Yoder anniversary noted


Mr. and Mrs. Nelson G. Yoder of Boyertown, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. Mrs. Yoder is the former Agnes R. Reiter. The couple was married on December 28, 1922 by Bishop Warren Bean of Creamery. Their children hosted a dinner in their honor at Christopher's Restaurant, Boyertown.


Attending were their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends.


A video was shown of a few grandchildren who were absent. Piano and accordion music were presented after the dinner.


Nelson is retired from Knolls, East Greenville in 1973.


They have two sons, Jesse, of Gilbertsville and Carl of Boyertown. They also have four daughters, Bernice, wife of George Zeiset, Bechtelsville, Esther Mae Rittenhouse, Souderton; Mary Ann, wife of Sam King, Telford; and Dorothy, wife of Milt Stoltzfus of Delaware.

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