John Otto Yoho, eldest son of the late Peter F. and Martha S. Yoho, was born November 9, 1869, at Fontana, Kansas, being the first white child born in Miami County, that state, and departed this life at the home of Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Johanning at Wheeling, W. Va., where he had been visiting, Saturday evening, September 26, 1931, following an illness from heart affection.
He came with his parents, upon their return to Ohio, to Lewisville, Monroe County, later resided with them at East Union and in the early 80's came with the family to Caldwell, where the greater part of his life was spent. He acquired a common school education and later was associated with his father in business at Caldwell. In later years he entered the employ of the Neil & Ellingham Wholesale Grocery Company at Wheeling. In still later years he associated himself with the Dill Medicine Company, of Norristown, Pa., with headquarters at Pittsburgh, Pa., with which company he remained until he came to Caldwell some years ago, and purchased the merchandise stock owned by the late J. Stanton Harris. This business he continued here until he removed the stock of goods to Dexter City, where he continued the business until failing health more than two years ago prevented his further engagement in active business.
On September 7, 1892, he was untied in marriage at Cambridge, Ohio, to Belle Gardner Matthews, of that city, and resided at that place until their removal to Pittsburgh. To this union no children were born. The deceased is survived by his wife and one step-daughter, Mrs. Daisy Stewart, both of Cambridge, and four sisters, Mrs. Lillian Harris, of Caldwell and Mrs. George E. Harsch, Mrs. O.G. Mills and Mrs. Pearl Coburn all of Zanesville.
The deceased was held in high esteem by all who knew him and had the highest respect of all his acquaintances. He was honest and upright, true to his convictions, generous and [had] sympathy for all in need and distress, and his passing is deeply mourned by his legions of friends.
The body was brought to the home of his sister, Mrs. Harris, at Caldwell, where funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon by Rev. D. C. Marshall, of Flushing, Ohio, former pastor of the Caldwell Presbyterian Church, a close and affectionate friend of the deceased, following which the body was placed in the Yoho vault in the Olive Cemetery. (Source: Wed. 7 Oct. 1931 Noble County Leader Caldwell Ohio furnished by Terry Willis)