Robert L. Yeager was born in Shelby County, Kentucky,
August 26, 1843. When he was nine years old his parents moved to
Palmyra, Mo., and shortly afterwards both of them died within ten days
of each other, leaving the boy to fight his way alone in the world.
He worked his way through St. Paul's College,
graduating in 1860, and serving under General Price in the Civil War.
It was in April, 1868, that Mr. Yeager came
to Kansas City, after studying law at Louisville, Ky., and having been
admitted to the bar at Palmyra, Mo.
They young man was elected County Attorney in
1871, Prosecuting Attorney from 1872-76, City Counselor under Mayor
Holmes; a member of the School Board twenty-two years and its
president twenty-one years.
The firms he formed were Yeager &
Campbell, Peak & Yeager, Peak Yeager & Ball, and Yeager,
Strother & Yeager.
He was married in May, 1870, to Miss Leonora
Forbis, of Independence, Mo. There are five children living.