Nebraska Authors

John T. Yates

Born 1866-06-02 Mt. Savage, MD (USA)

Died 1939-02-16
Omaha, NE (USA)

John T. Yates arrived in Nebraska in 1883 and entered the hardware business in Nemaha, Brock, and Beatrice. In 1886 he moved to Omaha, where he was a salesman for a wholesale business. Yates was a co-founder and Secretary of the original (Omaha) branch of the Woodmen of the World fraternal insurance society. The documents which established the society were signed in his home. He was later an underwriter and President of the Society. He wrote two novels, The Hunchback and Morana, the later title perhaps referring to the Slavic goddess of death. He also wrote numerous stories and poems, which his obituary described as for the amusement of himself and his friends. The Nebraska State Historical Society has a copy of the novel Morana.

Places Lived

Beatrice, NE
Brock, NE
Nemaha, NE
Omaha, NE

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Poetry


Insurance; Poetry


Thirty-second degree Mason
Woodmen of the World


Morana. 1935.

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