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Title: Arthur E. Yount
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No member of the Fountain county bar stands higher in general esteem than the gentleman whose name heads this paragraph. Personal integrity of the most inflexible kind, native ability that has given him eminent prestige as a practitioner of the legal profession, and social qualities that have enabled him to easily make friends-these elements have contributed in a large measure to the definite success which has come to him and because of his genuine worth and distinction in the community he is eminently entitled to representation in a work of the nature of the one at hand.

Arthur E. Yount was born near Rochester, Fulton county, Indiana, on August 16, 1858, and is the son of Newlin Hoover Yount and Mary E. (Bunnell) Yount. The father was born in 1826 at Little York, Ohio, and the mother in Independence, Warren county, Indiana, in 1832. The subject's paternal grandfather, Jacob Yount, who was a hatter by trade, was born near Little York, Ohio, and eventually became one of the first settlers in Fountain county, Indiana. He had married in Ohio Jane Barnett, and together they drove through to their new home, locating in Logan township, five miles east of Attica. Here Jacob Yount set himself to the task of subduing the forests and fitting the land for cultivation, but he overtaxed his strength and died about a year after settling here, his death occurring in 1828. His was one of the first bodies to be interred in the old Attica cemetery, where for eighty years the old gravestone marked his last resting place.

The Yount family is originally of German origin, and the name was formerly spelled Youndt, the family home having been in Hesse-Cassel. A desire to avoid the severe and compulsory military service of that country prompted the family to emigrate to the United States. This was a difficult thing to do, for the government mantained a close surveillance on outgoing vessels to prevent her young men from leaving the country. However, several families, including the Youndts, Waymires, Finchers, Cannutts, Fouts and Hoovers, secretly chartered a sailing vessel, ostensibly as a fruit carrier, engaged in the trade between Spain and Germany, and, turning all their possessions into cash, they embarked for the new world. They were pursued by one of the King's war vessels, but their boat being the swifter sailer, they evaded capture and in the course of time made a landing on the coast of North Carolina, the date being some time during the reign of Frederick the Great. They at once bought land and slaves and engaged in the raising of tobacco, cotton and other crops. Later they came North and located in Ohio, where they joined the Quakers. Eventually the family became scattered and are now to be found in many sections of the country, some retaining the old spelling of the name.

The subject's father, Newlin H. Yount, upon attaining mature years, engaged in farming near Rochester, Fulton county, Indiana, but subsequently sold that farm and bought land east of Attica, where for some years he engaged in agricultural pursuits. Selling out there, he engaged in the grocery business at Independence, Warren county, but in 1863 he moved his store to Attica, locating in the room now occupied by Zentmire's barber shop. Some time later he sold this store and again started a grocery store at Independence, but in 1905 he sold this business and is spending his remaining years with his son, the subject of this sketch. His wife had died in 1902. They were the arents of two children, Arthur E. and Eleanora, who died in 1867, at the age of eight years.

Arthur E. Yount attended the common schools of his home community and the high school at Attica, supplementing this by one year's attendance at the Northern Indiana Normal School and Business University at Valparaiso. He had decided upon the practice of law as his life work, and to this end he had been giving close study to the subject. He now entered Northwestern University, at Chicago, where he completed his legal studies, and in 1883 was admitted to the bar. He has since devoted himself assiduously to the practice of his chosen profession, in which he has met with a very gratifying degree of success, his practice extending over Fountain, Warren and adjacent counties, where his abilities as a lawyer are fully recognized. Hs is retained as counsel on one side or the other in connection with most of the most important cases in the local courts and has been eminently successful. In his home city, Attica, he is numbered among the leading citizens of the community, where he has always been found in hearty accord with all movements for the advancement of the highest interests of the people.

In 1879 Mr. Yount was united in marriage with Alice Epperson, the daughter of Calvin and Sarah (Wagner) Epperson. Her father was born near Paint Creek, Kentucky, and became a successful farmer. He was a wonderful shot with a rifle and it is said that at two hundred yards he could hit a nail head. In an early day he came to Tippecanoe county and lived to a good old age. His farm was located on the line between Fountain and Tippecanoe counties and his house was built of black walnut lumber, being still in a good state of preservation. To Mr. and Mrs. Yount have been born two children, one of whom died in infancy. The other, N. H. commonly known as "Todd," is a young man of remarkable mechanical skill, and is living at home.


Politically Mr. Yount is a stanch adherent of the Republican party, but has never sought public office. He was at one time a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, but is not at present taking an active part in lodge work. His son is a member of the Modern Woodmen of American. Religiously, Mr. Yount is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.

Mr. Yount resides in a comfortable and attractive home on West Logan street, where the spirit of old-time hospitality is always in evidence. Personally, he is well liked and enjoys a large circle of warm and loyal friends.

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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00001055
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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