Transcribed from A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written and compiled by William E. Connelley, Chicago : Lewis, 1918. 5 v. (lvi, 2731 p., [228] leaves of plates) : ill., maps (some fold.), ports. ; 27 cm.

William Harrison Yandell

WILLIAM HARRISON YANDELL, M. D. Greenwood County has known the Yandell family as substantial farming people and trustworthy and valuable citizens since 1879. Dr. W. H. Yandell was at that time nine years of age, and he is now successfully practicing medicine and surgery in a locality where he grew up as a boy. He has a large practice at Piedmont and extending out over the surrounding country, and he began his professional work there soon after graduating in medicine.

He was born in Graves County, Kentucky, August 27, 1870. His ancestors were two brothers of Welsh and Scotch parentage who came to Tennessee in pioneer times. The family subsequently removed to Kentucky, and L. W. Yandell, father of Doctor Yandell, was born in Graves County of that state August 15, 1843. He was reared and married in his native county, adopted farming as his vocation, and on coming to Kansas in 1879 first located at Quincy in Greenwood County, but a year later removed to Fall River. He was actively engaged in farming there the rest of his life, but his death occurred in 1887, while on a visit at Pueblo, Colorado. As a democrat he served several terms as township assessor. He was one of the foremost members and most active supporters of the Christian Church in his community. He served as deacon of the church and for many years as superintendent of its Sunday School. Fraternally he was a Mason and Odd Fellow. L. W. Yandell was a Confederate soldier during the Civil war. In 1881 he went out with a Kentucky regiment and saw his chief service under General Pemberton. He was at Vicksburg during the siege, and was one of Pemberton's soldiers who surrendered with the taking of that city in 1883. L. W. Yandell married Phoebe E. Laughlin, who was born in Missouri in 1847 and died at Fall River, Kansas, in 1895. They had three children, Doctor Yandell being the oldest. E. W. Yandell died at Amarillo, Texas, in 1902. He was a student of medicine and had gone to Amarillo to benefit his health. Ada L. is the wife of F. J. Oakes, a farmer at Fall River.

William Harrison Yandell after coming to Kansas attended the rural schools near Fall River, and spent the first twenty years of his life on his father's farm. He qualified as a teacher and for five years was one of the popular schoolmasters of Greenwood County. His earnest desire was to become a physician, and his teaching and other early employment were chiefly means to that end. With the money which he had saved and earned he entered the Louisville Medical College at Louisville, Kentucky, and remained until graduating M. D. on March 1, 1901. In September of the same year he located at Piedmont in Greenwood County, and since then for more than fifteen years has conducted a general medical and surgical practice. His offices are on Main Street, and he owns a residence on the same street. Doctor Yandell has served as coroner of Greenwood County.

He is a democrat, a member of Charleston Lodge No. 161, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, at Fall River, of the Ancient Order of United Workmen at Severy, and professionally he is a member of the County and State Medical societies and the American Medical Association.

Doctor Yandell married at Piedmont June 5, 1905, Miss Alma Pedigo, daughter of W. J. and Sarah A. (Beekhan) Pedigo, both now deceased. Her father was a merchant and farmer at Piedmont. Doctor and Mrs. Yandell have two children: Dayrel, born June 30, 1907, and Helen, born July 28, 1909.

A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written and compiled by William E. Connelley, Secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, copyright 1918; transcribed 1997.