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Frank Yonash
Birth: Nov. 22, 1887, Czech Republic
Death: Dec. 4, 1959
Placer County
California, USA

Frank Yonash was born František Xavier JONÁŠ (pronounced "Yonaash") in Bucina in Central Bohemia, which at that time was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He was the third child and the only son of Alois JONÁŠ and Marie Aulehlová JONÁŠOVÁ. When he immigrated into the US he changed the spelling of his name to Frank Yonash.

Died: Suddenly from a heart attack at age 72

Burial: In the Iowa Hill Protestant Cemetery, next to his wife Esther

Immigration: 4 September 1908 at age 20 in New York

Naturalization: 24 April 1915 at the District Court in Fallon, Montana

Homestead: Land Patent No. 648494, recorded on 20 September 1918, for 316 acres in Section 18, Township 10N, Range 58E, about two miles north of Plevna, Fallon Co., Montana

Married: 11 April 1918 to Esther JACOBSEN in Plevna, Fallon Co., Montana


1. Robert Francis YONASH
1919 - 1997

2. Rosalie Katheryn YONASH
1920 - 1926


Family History:

Frank's working life began as a miller in central Bohemia, then a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. After emigrating to the US, he worked as a butcher in Chicago. By 1910 he was living in Madison, South Dakota, and working as a laborer. In 1911, Frank homesteaded in Montana and became a rancher and gardener.

1927, Frank suffered a heart attack, and the family sold the homestead and moved to California. Initially, he and wife Esther managed the Winton Apartment Hotel, which included a speakeasy. In 1932, Frank's sister Louisa Yonash Aksamit died, leaving her five children orphaned. The Aksamits came to live with Frank, Esther, and Bob. The next year, Frank and Esther bought a farm in Bellflower and the extended family relocated. Esther worked while Frank farmed.

In 1949, Frank and Esther moved again, to a ranch near Iowa Hill, Placer Co., California where they lived for the remainder of their lives.


Obituary from the Colfax Record, Colfax, California, December 11, 1959

Another of our old friends has left us—Frank Yonash died at Highland Hospital in Auburn Friday night [December 4] at 10:20 of a heart attack.

Frank was born in Pilsen, Czechoslovakia, November 20, 1887. He came to this country in his early years and became a butcher in Chicago. In 1911 he moved to Montana where he homesteaded, remaining until the fall of 1927. He then moved to Los Angeles. He became a resident of Iowa Hill in the fall of 1948. We will all miss him.

He is survived by his wife Esther, one son, Robert, two grandchildren, and one sister in Czechoslovakia. Also four nieces and one nephew: Mrs. Lucille Heslett of Visalia, Mrs. Irene Merrill of Stockton, Mrs. Mildred Hooper of Santa Clara, Mrs. Frances Russell of San Francisco, and Joe Aksamit of Idaho. Frank was buried at Iowa Hill Cemetery Monday [December 7] at 2 PM.

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  Esther Mary Jacobsen Yonash (1897 - 1966)
  Robert Francis Yonash (1919 - 1997)*
  Rosalie K. Yonash (1920 - 1926)*
*Calculated relationship
Old Iowa Hill Cemetery
Iowa Hill
Placer County
California, USA
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- V
 Added: Apr. 27, 2012
Frank was my paternal grandfather. He and my grandmother Esther Yonash raised me after my parents divorced.
- iowahillgal
 Added: Jan. 7, 2012
I still miss you, Grampy.
- iowahillgal
 Added: Jun. 19, 2010
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