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George Yousling of Corwin Township, Ida County, Iowa, settled here in 1879 on Section 26. He was born in Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pa., October 28, 1825, the son of George Yousling, Sr., a native of Switzerland. His mother was Elizabeth Yousling, also a native of Switzerland.

George Yousling was reared and educated in Dauphin County, living there until 18 years of age where he learned the trade of carpenter. His present farm was south of Ida Grove where he redeemed the farm from its original wild state. His residence was two stories in height, with an added L the same height. His commodious barn was 38 x 50 feet, with twelve-foot posts and twenty-six foot center post on a rock foundation. He had a crib building and a wagon shed, along with an implement building. The farm was well watered with fine wells and a good pond. The farm of 400 acres was divided into fields, well fenced, and had a nice grove.

George married when he was twenty-four years of age with Eleanor Young of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Her parents were John and Lydia Young. Three children were born to Mr. & Mrs. Yousling, namely: John, and another son and daughter died in childhood. Mrs. Yousling died in 1852 and two years later George again married, to Mary McFadden. Six children were born to them, namely: William, Barbara, Joseph R., George H., Ella, and Ed.

Mr. Yousling served in the Civil War for nine months, belonging to Company K, 192 Regiment.

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