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Larson Absom Yancy

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Larson Absom Yancy

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LARSON ABSOM YANCY (1894-1950)
submitted by: A. K. Yancy
 
Larson Absom Yancy, the forth son of Henry Amzie and Zelulia Jones Yancy, was born in Livingston County, Kentucky on October 30, 1894. He was one of ten children born to Henry and Zelulia.
 
When his parents and other family members moved out of Kentucky, Larson was the only one of the family to remain behind in Livingston County, where he spent his whole life. Larson married Myrtie Lee Mitchell in 1915. They had one son, Clifton Rudell "Red" Yancy. As is usual, his nickname of "Red" resulted from the color of his hair.
 
Larson was a school teacher who taught in a small one-room country school in Livingston County. After teaching school for a while, he farmed in the county until he moved to Smithland, Ky., the County Seat of Livingston County. In Smithland, he went into the retail general store business with his father-in-law U.F. Mitchell. Their general store was located on Front Street where it overlooked the tow-boat traffic at the confluence of the Ohio and Cumberland Rivers. Later, Larson bought the store business from Mr. Mitchell and he (Mr. Mitchell) went into the blacksmith business.
 
Larsen rendered services to residents who lived throughout the county --- among other occupations, he was the town shoe cobbler in Smithland. His wife Myrtie and their son Clifton ran the general store business when Larson was busy at other occupations.
 
Once Larson decided to become involved in local politics -- so, he ran for County Tax Collector of Livingston County. He lost the election but was said he received a lesson in local political tactics.
 
Included among Larson's interest was his involvement with the local baseball program. He was both a player and the manager of the team. He was alleged to have been a  proficient "round house curve ball " pitcher, older than his players, and most of them referred to him as " Dad Yancy ". Clifton, his son, was a member of the team.
 
Larson and his family were victims of the catastrofic river flood of 1937, as were thousands of families up and down the Cumberland, Tennesssee, Ohio, Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. His general store business was moved to the second floor of the Livingston County Courthouse, from which he reportedly suppied the needs of the county's residents as best he could. Shopping was by boat. His wife and son stayed on high-ground, at the home of a friend, during the weeks of flooding while Larson remained a the Courthouse. Their family home was flooded and they lost all of their household goods. After the flood, Larson built a home in Smithland and he and his wife lived there until their deaths. He died in 1950. Myrtie ran a resturant for several years in Smithland prior to her death in 1973. the results of an extended illness.
 
Thus, during his life, in a rural farming area of Kentucky, Larson was a teacher, shoe cobbler, general store owner/operator, an aspiring politician, and a baseball player/manager.

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