Memorials of Connecticut Judges and Attorneys
As Printed in the Connecticut Reports
volume 115, page(s) 737-737


Judge Edward Myron Yeomans died December 31st, 1931, after an extended period of impaired health and a long, severe illness. He was born in Andover, Connecticut, November 27th, 1871, a son of Myron Parker Yeomans, a well-known and honored member of the Tolland County bar. He prepared for college at the Willimantic High School and entered Trinity in 1891. He was a Holland Scholar, won the Algebra Prize in 1892, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in his Junior year, was a speaker on Class Day, and was graduated in 1895, valedictorian of his class, with honors in Greek, Astronomy, Mathematics, and Physics.

He studied law with his father, was admitted to the bar in 1895, and engaged in practice in Hartford. He was state auditor in 1906-1907, succeeded his father, upon the latter's decease, as County Health Officer for Tolland County, and was engrossing clerk of the General Assembly of 1913. In 1914 he was appointed referee in bankruptcy for Hartford and Tolland Counties, and in 1922 became chairman of the Democratic State Central Committee. He served capably in both these positions until appointed a judge of the Superior Court, his appointment taking effect February 26th, 1926.

On December 31st, 1902, he married Gertrude Ford Hutchins of Columbia, who died in 1903. January 18th, 1907, he married Clarice Raymond of Hartford, who survives him, as do his five children, Attorney John H. Yeomans, Alice, Ruth, David, and Emily.

Rare facility in insight and perception and a remarkably retentive memory won him honors in school and college and were manifested in his subsequent activities and in his service on the bench, as were qualities of sound common sense and understanding sympathy.

Devotion to his home and his family was an outstanding characteristic. He always lived, and died, in the family homestead in Andover. Although his duties, especially those as a judge, called him to distant parts of the State, he traveled far and spared no inconvenience or hardship in order to be in his home as often and as much as possible.

As a husband and father he was loving and indulgent, and his relations with his children were of ideally intimate companionship. Unassuming and genial in manner, cheerful and optimistic in spirit, he was popular with a wide circle of acquaintances, a most agreeable companion, and a steadfast friend.