The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa Saturday, June 2, l877
In the report of the proceedings of the Licking County, O. Pioneer Historical and Antiquarian Society, as published in the Newark Banner, we find the following tribute paid to the memory of the HON. JOHN YONTZ, an uncle of Y. BONNETT, of this township, and who was a relative and friend of quite a number of our subscribers.
"HON. JOHN YONTZ, for a long time a prominent man of Licking County, and for several years (1835-37) its representative in the State Legislature, died at his residence in San Francisco, March 22nd, l877, at the advanced age of 76 years. His widow, and a son and daughter survive him. The deceased removed to California about twenty-five years ago and engaged extensively in mail transportation and staging in fact, was one of the pioneers in that business, and remained in it a considerable number of years. He also held the position of Sheriff in one of the counties in California for several years, and led quite an active life, from early manhood to old age. Although but little more than forty years has elapsed since MR. YONTZ was one of our most prominent politicians, yet scarcely a one of his associate public offecers remain, all having passed away, B.B. Allen, whose death we mentioned two months ago, being one of the last of them.
MR. YONTZ was born in Washington County, Maryland, in 1801. He was a man of pleasant, gentlemanly deportment and agreeable manners, and possessed the faculty of making friends to an eminent degree. He was a gentleman of intelligence and information, a good conversationalist and of great force of character.