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In my quest to acquire all things that are historic in nature and related to the Yerks family, I found the postcard below on eBay. I was able to purchase it for just $3.50. Although G.W. Yerks is not a direct relative of Colleen’s, he is a distant cousin.
George W. Yerks was born at Unionville (now Hawthorne), New York on February 4, 1848. He died in Albany on August 9, 1903. He was the son of William H. and Mary A. (Clark) Yerks. George was educated at Amenia and finished his education at Claverack Academy. After graduation he became employed by the United States government. He then went to Albany and established himself in the fancy grocery business on Broadway, under the firm name of Benjamin & Yerks. In 1877 he became a sole proprietor.
But in 1878, just one year later, he admitted a new partner under the firm name of George W. Yerks & Company. He held offices of honor and trust in the city; was trustee of the Madison Avenue Reformed Church and a member of the Fort Orange Club. On July 8, 1868, he married Adaline Maria, who was born in Cleveland, Ohio and died in Albany on October 30, 1900. Adeline was the daughter of George Whitman and Adaline (Powell) Benjamin.