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Yandes, Daniel

            Mr. Yandes came to Indianapolis early in the spring of 1821.  He was originally from Fayette County, Pennsylvania, where he was raised, but had stopped a short time at Connersville, in this State, before making this place his residence.

            Mr. Y. was of German parentage, and was about the first citizen of this place who spoke that language.  He is a large, stout man, and in his younger days there were but few his equal in strength.  It was said, however, he did not like to waste that strength at house-raisings or log-rollings, but reserved it for other purposes more beneficial to the community.

            Mr. Yandes, in connection with the late John Wilkins, established the first tan-yard in the place, in 1822, and has been interested in that business with several different partners pretty nearly ever since.

            He has engaged in many business enterprises, and helped many young men in starting business in this as well as many other places; and there are many living, both here and elsewhere, who owe their success in life and business to Daniel Yandes.

             He has aided in building mills, and some of the largest manufacturing establishments, both in and adjoining the city; and was every ready with money and countenance to aid in anything calculated to be beneficial to the county and city.  He contributed liberally toward building the first church that was erected in Indianapolis—the First Presbyterian, a frame building erected in 1823—as he has to many different churches since.  He was ever liberal to all benevolent and charitable institutions, contributing his portion for the general good.  He is now, at his advanced age, connected with one of the largest engine and boiler manufacturing establishments in the city, and nearly every day visits it.  He lost his wife, the companion of his youth, several years since, and has contented himself with gliding down the stream of time alone, thus far.  I have known Mr. Yandes now nearly fifty years, and do not remember to have ever seen him show any anger whatever.  He is a plain, common-sense man, and a Christian, without any ostentatious show of self-righteousness or bigotry.  Although he has lived out his three-score years and ten, he seems by his universal good humor and fondness for an innocent joke, to be willing to enter upon another lease of life for the same lengthy term, should it please the Allwise Creator to grant it to him.


“He lives long, who lives well.”


Nowland, John H. B., “Early Reminiscences of Indianapolis, with Short Biographical Sketches of Its Early Citizens, and of a Few of the Prominent Business Men of the Present Day,” 1870, pp. 76-77.