Richard Baker Yancey (1870-????)
Source: North Carolina - Rebuilding an Ancient Commonwealth, 1584-1925. Page 454
R. BAKER YANCEY has employed his second personal name in giving title to the Baker Pottery Company, and of the substantial industrial and commercial enterprise conducted under this title at Salisbury, Rowan County, he is the owner, as is he also of the business of the Frank China Company, the management of which is assigned to his son Robert O. These concerns are wholesale dealers in clay products, including chinaware, kitchen utensils, etc., and the trade extends into all parts of the United States, as well as into the Canadian provinces. The two concerns retain a total corps of eighteen traveling salesmen.
Richard Baker Yancey was born on a farm near Clarksville, Mecklenburg County, Virginia, September 9, 1870, and is a son of Richard and Elizabeth Jane (Overbey) Yancey, he having received his first personal name in honor of his father and his second personal name in honor of his uncle, Baker Yancey. Richard Yancey was a soldier of the Confederacy in the Civil war, was captured, and was held for some time as a Federal prisoner of war at Point Lookout. He became a successful and progressive exponent of farm industry in Virginia, where he owned nearly 1,000 acres of land. He and his wife were members of the Baptist Church and their sons having been regular attendants of Sunday School. Of the three surviving sons the subject of this sketch is the youngest and the other two, former contractors, are now living retired in the state of Texas.
R. Baker Yancey attended school at Clarksville, Virginia, and thereafter continued his studies in Oak Ridge Institute, at Oak Ridge, North Carolina, where he learned telegraphy. At the age of twenty years he earned ten dollars as his first month's salary in the office of the Yadkin Railroad at Rockwell, under J. W. Peeler, and he spent the ten dollars for clothes. He next became station agent and telegraph operator at Gold Hill, and there occurred his marriage to Miss Lucy Mauney, daughter of F. H. Mauney, who owned and operated the gold mines at that point. From Gold Hill Mr. Yancey went to Edgerton, Virginia, where he served as railroad station agent and as postmaster, besides there conducting a small general-merchandise store. He next gave two years of service as railroad station agent at Oldport, North Carolina, and thereafter he was similarly engaged at North Rome, Georgia, and in the city of Dalton, that state, where he was ticket agent and telegraph operator. He then became station agent at Mart, Texas, where he remained two years with the International & Great Northern Railroad. He was then assigned to the industrial and land department of this system, with headquarters at Gould, Texas. In the service of the Texas & Pacific Railroad he thereafter served as station agent at Glynn, Louisiana. There he obtained a thirty-day layoff, which he utilized in trying out a new vocation. With a horse and buggy he started forth as a salesman of jewelry and his first day's business netted him a profit of $75. This achievement caused him to eliminate his service as a railroad man, and he continued in the jewelry business two years Thereafter he was for a number of years traveling salesman for a leading crockery house in the city of Cleveland, Ohio, and April 19, 1919, he opened his wholesale crockery business at Salisbury, North Carolina, where he had established his family home several years previously. His enterprises in this city have proved most successful under his vital and resourceful management, and he is one of the substantial citizens and business men of this section of the state. He has made valuable contribution to the material advancement of Salisbury by erecting the Yancey Building, which was completed August 28, 1924, and is one of the most modern business structures in the city.
Mr. Yancey is a valued member of the local Chamber of Commerce, is affiliated with the United Commercial Travelers, the Traveling men's Protective Association, and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He and his family hold membership in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he is a steward of the First Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in his home city.
In conclusion is entered brief record concerning the children of Mr. and Mrs. Yancey: Richard F.. who had overseas service in the World war. as a member of a headquarters regiment of the Eighty-first Division, is now owner of the business conducted at Salisbury under the title of the Monarch China Company. Robert O.. who, as previously noted, has charge of the Frank China Company, was with the First Gas Regiment in overseas service during twelve months of the World war, and was at the front five months-in the Chateau Thierry, Argonne and Toul sectors. he having been slightly gassed while thus at the front. Dorothy is the wife of C. E. Kizziah, of Salisbury. Elizabeth is the wife of J. B. Councill, of Greenville, South Carolina. Frederick Mauney is a salesman with the Rowan Grocery Company of Salisbury. William B., John R. and Rebecca are still in school.