STROKE IS FATAL FRIDAY NIGHT TO J.K. YARNELLE. 53-YEAR-OLD LUMBER DEALER STRICKEN IN HOME EARLY FRIDAY. Wabash was shocked Saturday with news of the sudden death of one of its most prominent citizens, James K. Yarnelle, 53 years old, lumber merchant, in the Wabash County Hospital following a cerebral hemorrhage the day before. Mr. Yarnelle had been to Lafayette on a business trip Thursday and became seriously ill shortly after breakfast Friday morning. As his condition became worse, he was taken to the hospital later in the day and died at 2 o'clock Saturday morning.
He was widely known through this section of the state through his activity in the American Legion and prior to that as a member of the old W.A.A. football team. He was born in Wabash March 23, 1891, the son of William R. Yarnelle and Mildred Duck Yarnelle, and was educated in the schools here and at Culver Military Academy, where he gained considerable fame as a gridiron halfback.
At the outbreak of World War I, Mr. Yarnelle enlisted in the Army, attended the first raining school at Fort Benjamin Harrison and was commissioned a First Lieutenant of the infantry in the 84th Division. He later recalled that during this training, Sam Jackson, later to become U.S. Senator, bunked on one side of him, and Frank McHale, now Democratic National Committeeman from Indiana, was on the other. He served overseas in France for many months during the conflict.
COMMANDER OF POST. After returning to this country, he entered the lumber business with his father and took an active part in civic affairs of the community, serving as the second commander of Stineman Post of the American Legion during the years of 1920-21. He also held the position of District Commander of the Legion.
His leadership in the old Chamber of Commerce resulted in the location of state highways through Wabash, and the accompanying paving of approaches to the city not financially possible under the three-mile road law then in effect.
Mr. Yarnelle was a past-president of the Wabash Kiwanis Club.
PUSHED BUILDING PROJECT. His business affiliations included the operation of the Yarnelle Lumber and Coal company and the Baer Lumber comapny, and as a director of the Home Loan and Savings Association. He also was a partner in the recently formed Home Realty company preparing to erect homes in the Maplewood addition as a means of relieving the local housing shortage.
The decendent was a member of the Presbyterian Church and belonged to the Legion and the Elks and Masonic Lodges.
He married Lois Elliott Oct. 24, 1922. Survivors include the widow, one son, Joseph Yarnelle, in Navy cadet training; one daughter, Miss Mildred Yarnelle, a student at MacMurray College, Ill.; and one brother, George Yarnelle, Fort Wayne.
The body was taken to the Jones Funeral Home and was to be returned to the residence, 614 West Hill Street, Saturday afternoon where friends may call. Funeral services will be conducted in the family residence at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon with the Rev. Ware W. Wimberly, pastor of the Presbyterian Church, officiating. #Burial will be in Falls Cemetery.