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During the long period of his identification with his present line of business Mr. Yardley has developed an undertaking establishment that stands in the very front rank of institutions of the kind in Sacramento. When in 1893 he purchased the undertaking business of Clark & Booth and assumed the management of the place of which he remains the proprietor, he was brought into associations different from those of former business connections, but he proved equal to all emergencies and soon acquired a comprehensive knowledge of every detail. Personal qualifications admirably adapt him for successful business pursuits. Tactful in manner, accommodating in disposition, quick in decision and sagacious in judgment, he belongs to that class of citizens whose presence has been most beneficial to the advancement of the capital city along lines of permanent progress.

The honor of being a member of the Native Sons of the Golden West comes to Mr. Yardley through his birth in Yolo county, where his parents, James and Elizabeth Yardley, had established a home on the then frontier. The death of both of the parents in their early maturity left the son, who was born in January of 1868, an orphan ere he was old enough to fully comprehend the great loss incident to such a bereavement. An aunt, Mrs. W. H. Wright, residing in Sacramento, took him into her home and sent him to the grammar school and later to the high school, so that he was prepared for the responsibilities of self-support. When only fifteen years of age he secured a clerkship in the drug store owned by Frederick Kolliker, and for ten years he continued in the same establishment, meanwhile receiving merited promotion from time to time. When finally he resigned his connection with the establishment it was for the purpose of starting a drug store of his own, and that business he conducted on Eighth and J streets until 1893, when he sold out and entered the undertaking business.

With his wife, who was Miss Russia Lubeck, and whom he married in Auburn, this state, in 1896, Mr. Yardley occupies a position of accepted prominence in the social circles of Sacramento. Various organizations, fostered by the most cultured citizens of the town, have received his co-operation and intelligent aid. Notwithstanding the pressure of business duties he always has taken the leisure necessary for a study of national issues and political conditions. In general elections he gives his support to the Republican party. The Elks and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows receive his hearty assistance in their progressive projects for fraternal upbuilding, while socially he belongs to the Sutter club. An expert marksman and fond of hunting as a recreation, he enjoys the pastime in company with other members of the Glide Gun club. Perhaps no organization has enlisted his sympathetic co-operation in larger degree than Masonry. For years he has been a disciple of the order, a participant in its philanthropies and a believer in its uplifting principles of brotherhood. Beginning with the blue lodge, he rose through the various degrees until he became associated with the Knights Templar and Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, and as such he maintains a leading part in Masonic affairs in his home city. Mr. Yardley is a man of wide enterprise, giving generously of his time and means toward every enterprise that has for its object the upbuilding of his adopted city, in which he has achieved a marked degree of success in his individual as well as public undertakings that he has fostered. 

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011