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This photo is of four generations of James L Yerks’. It was taken circa 1969. Based on a few early census records, James L Yerks appears to have changed his name from Leroy Yerks to James Leroy Yerks. James L Yerks Sr is the son of Annie Cutler and George Oakley Yerks. He had two brothers; Ralph who was killed in France during World War I and William Benjamin, who was gassed in World War I but survived and eventually returned to the United States. His decendents now live in the New Jersey area.

James L Yerks Sr (b. 21 May 1912 in Goldens Bridge, NY; d. 1 Oct 2007 in Cos Cob, CT)
James L Yerks Jr (b. 5 Nov 1892 in Mt. Kisco, NY; d. 20 Apr 20, 1973 in Cos Cob, CT)
James L Yerks III (Living)
James L Yerks IV (Living)

Here is a video tribute to Samantha Yerks and the rest of her class.

Congratulations to Samantha Jean Yerks, class valediction for the Port Chester High School class of 2009.  She graduated on Saturday, June 27, 2009.  We are all VERY proud of her!  Here is a short photo/video tribute to her.

BERKELEY – Donald William Yerks Sr., 81, of the Bayville section of Berkeley, died Monday, Nov. 24 at home.

He has lived in Bayville for the last 46 years, and retired from the Ciba-Geigy Corp. of Toms River in 1984 after working there 20 years.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army Air Force as a staff sergeant.

Surviving are his wife of 46 years, Minabell a son and daughter-in-law, Donald W. and Ann Emily Yerks Jr., of Brielle a daughter and son-in-law, MaryAnn and Richard Sengstack of Whiting a brother and sister-in-law, Clarence and Edna Yerks of Toms River and two grandchildren, Ashley and Sean Yerks.

Visiting will be from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28 at the Anderson and Campbell Funeral Home, 703 Main St., Toms River. A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29 at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Silverton Cemetery, Hooper Avenue, Toms River.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Van Dyke Hospice, c/o Community Medical Center, 99 Route 37 West, Toms River, NJ 08755, or the American Cancer Society, 1035 Hooper Ave., Toms River, NJ 08753.

James L. Yerks Jr. of Cos Cob died on Oct. 1 at Greenwich Hospital. He was 95 years old.

Mr. Yerks was born in Goldens Bridge, N.Y., on May 21, 1912 to the late Catharine and James L. Yerks Sr. He had lived in Greenwich since 1919.

Mr. Yerks retired from Petro Oil. He was a member of the Cos Cob Volunteer Fire Company since 1933 and served as treasurer for many years. In addition, Mr. Yerks was a member of GREATS, Westchester Fairfield Horticultural Society, Kiwanis Club of Greenwich, Mianus River Boat and Yacht Club and Knights of Columbus.

Mr. Yerks was predeceased by his first wife, Eleanor Hone Yerks, his second wife, Florence Baird Yerks, his brother Kenneth Yerks and his sister Mary Ferris.

He is survived by his sons, James L. Yerks III of Stratford and Raymond K. Yerks of Coral Springs, Fla.; his stepson, Edward Baird of Greenwich; six grandchildren; two step-grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations in Mr. Yerks’s memory may be made to the Cos Cob Volunteer Fire Department.

CLARENCE LEROY “CY” YERKS, 87, beloved husband, father and grandfather, of Silverton, TOMS RIVER, died Sunday, May 20, at The Pines at Whiting. Born Nov. 26, 1919, in Silverton, Mr. Yerks was the son of the late William Yerks and Myrtie Gant Yerks.

Mr. Yerks, a lifetime resident of Silverton, was a local mechanic and car repair expert for 70 years. He was the sole proprietor of Cy’s Garage on Brand Road, Silverton, for 45 years, previously owning garages on Church Road, Route 9 and Route 37 in Toms River. He began his career in 1935 as a mechanic working for Maimone Cadillac Dealership, Main Street, Toms River. He was an active member of the Osbornville Protestant Church, Laurelton, for more than 25 years; an avid car enthusiast and Barnegat Bay boater. Mr. Yerks’ family ancestors were among the early settlers in the area.

Mr. Yerks was predeceased by his first wife, Doris Yerks, in 1952; a daughter, Carol Atkinson; a son, Donald; and a brother, Donald. Surviving are his wife, Edna May Westervelt Yerks; a daughter, Nancy Hannah of Farmingdale; three sons, Gerald Yerks of Meridian, Miss., John A. Kolchin and his wife Gail Driscoll of Cranford, and Mark Kolchin and his wife Cynthia of Lanoka Harbor, Lacey; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Kedz Funeral Home, 1123 Hooper Ave., Toms River. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Internment will follow in Silverton Cemetery, Toms River. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Silverton First Aid Squad, Main Street, Toms River, NJ 08753.

Tonight, while doing some random research on the web, I came across the most incredible story about the William Yerks, brother to James Leroy Yerks I and Ralph Yerks.  James L Yerks I did not serve in World War I, but William and Ralph did.  Ralph Yerks was killed in action in France on 13 Sep 1918 and is buried over there.  That makes this story even more incredible.

Take a look in the upper left had corner of the newspaper. Look for the article entitled “HER SON, THOUGHT DEAD, IS ALIVE IN A FRENCH HOSPITAL”.  The newspaper does incorrectly identify Williams mother as Mrs. James Yerks.  It should have read Mrs George Yerks.

The Cos Cob Volunteer Fire Department in Greenwich, CT dedicated their meeting hall to long time Volunteer James Leroy Yerks, II.  Jim joined the Cos Cob volunteer department in 1933 and remained a member for more than 70 years . He was the Volunteer Fire Companies Treasurer since 1953 and was a volunteer driver for 25 years.

For James Yerks Jr., serving with the Cos Cob Volunteer Fire Department is simply a way of life and has been for the last 70 years. His loyalty and service to the town were recognized last Wednesday when volunteer firefighters from 11 towns in the Fourth Congressional District were honored by Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz at a Public Service Awards ceremony.

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