Portrait and Biographical Album - FonDu Lac Co., Wisconsin
CHRISTIAN YANCY, a retired farmer residing in Fond du Lac, is numbered among; the pioneer settlers of Central Wisconsin. He was born in France, March 16, 1819, but on the paternal side is of German descent. His father, Christian Yancy, was born in Germany, and was a farmer by occupation. He removed to France at an early day, and in that country followed agricultural pursuits until his death, which occurred in 1827. He married Miss Catharine Spendler, who was a native of France, and survived her husband some years. After his death she came to America, residing in the Empire State until she too passed away in 1842. Five children were born to that worthy couple, three of whom are yet living Christian, Peter and Nicholas.
Our subject was only eight years of age when the death of his father occurred, and in his boyhood he accompanied his mother to America, the family locating in New York, where he was engaged in farming at the time of Mrs. Yancy's death, which occurred when her son Christian was twenty-three years of age. Throughout nearly his entire boyhood he was deprived of a father's care and counsel, and just as he had entered upon man's estate he suffered the irreparable loss of a mother's love and watchfulness. Dependent upon his own resources, wisdom and judgment, he has made his way through life, and though he has met with many reverses and difficulties, his has been a prosperous career. After following farming for some years he rented a grist and saw mill, and in connection with its operation carried on a grocery store until the time when the country became engulfed in a financial panic. Like many hundreds of others he became involved in bankruptcy. Forced to abandon his own business he gave his attention to any pursuit whereby he might earn an honest dollar, and at length by perseverance and industry, was enabled to save a small sum. With this he purchased a yoke of cattle, and the following winter engaged in lumbering. The next spring he spent his time in making sugar, and the profits of that season, combined with the savings of former years; again enabled him to purchase
a farm. Two years were spent in the operation of that land, when he sold out, and, in 1848, came to Wisconsin, where he believed he could sooner retrieve his lost fortunes. Not long after his arrival he bought an 80-acre tract of wild land, which, with the exception of a log cabin that had previously been built, was entirely unimproved. It is indeed an arduous task to transform the uncultivated soil into a rich and fertile farm, but he performed that labor and acquired a competency, by which he is now permitted to retire from active life and spend his declining years in the enjoyment of the fruits of his former toil.
Christian Yancy was united in the holy bonds of matrimony with Miss Nancy Helmer, about the year 1843, and the family circle was completed by the birth of nine children, seven of whom are yet living, namely: Catherine, wife of Platt Durand, a resident of New Cassel, Wisconsin; Susan, wife of Isaac Dyer, who is also living in New Cassel; Carrie, who is yet at home; Emma, wife of George Smith, of Michigan; John L., a citizen of Oshkosh, Wis.; George W., a resident of Seattle, Wash.; and Haskel, who is now operating his father's farm in Taycheedah Township. They have also an adopted daughter, Eva, their little grandchild.
Mr. Yancy is a warm friend to education, and provided his children with excellent advantages, thereby fitting them for the practical duties of life. To all other interests which are calculated to benefit the public, he readily gives his support, and he never hesitates to aid in. the advancement of worthy enterprises. He has nobly borne his part in the building up of the community, and in the work of transforming the wild land into fertile farms and comfortable homes. He cleared and improved a tract of 200 acres in Ashford Township, until it became one of the best farms in the whole community. The improvements which he placed upon it equaled any in the neighborhood, and the entire surroundings indicated the thrift and industry of the owner. He sold it on removing to Fond (In Lac, however, but still owns about thirty acres in that township. a part of which is comprised within the corporation limits of New Cassel, and is laid out in town lots. He built two stores in Campbellsport, which he has sold. He still owns 160 acres of land in Taycheedah Township, which is well equipped and stocked with the best grades of cattle and horses. Politically, Mr. Yaney is a Republican, being one of the most ardent advocates of the party principles, which he has supported since 1836. He and ha wife are earnest and faithful Christian people, respected by all who know them, and well deserve the high regard in which they are held.