CHEMIST AND INDUSTRIAL MANAGER
"Men of Mark
and Representative Citizens of
Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, Virginia"
Born March 22, 1886 in Harrisonburg; attended Harrisonburg Grade and High School and the University of Virginia, graduating in chemistry in 1906; chemist for the Du Pont Company; chemist and supervisor in plants in the United States and Canada; general manager of Explosives and Ammunitions Division of Canadian Industries, Ltd.; director of Dunlop Rubber Co. of Canada; died April 21, 1942, in Montreal.
Mr. Yancev was a son of John Gibbons Yancey (1833-1914 )and his wife, Fannie Bradley of Harrisonburg. Both the Bradlevs and the Yanceys have been prominent in the city and county for generations. Philo Bradley and his brother Nelson. some years prior to the Civil War, started the BradIev Foundry, which i~ now probably the oldest industrial establishment in Harrisonburg. Mr. Bradley was from New York and at the outbreak of the war in 1861 he and his family in a covered wagon, moved back to Aurora. After the war he returned to Harrisonburg and bought up the foundry again. John G. Yancey was a son of Col. Williarn Burbridge Yancey (1803-1858) and his second wife, Mary Gibbons. His older half-brothers, Thomas Lavton, Edward Smith, and William Benjamin, were captains in the Confederate Army. Thomas commanded a troop of cavalry that left Harrisonburg for Harper's Ferry on May 24, 1861; Edward also commanded cavalry, his troop, from East Rockingham, being known as the River Rangers; Williarn was Captain of Co. E. 10th Va. Vol. Infantry.
Philo Bradley Yancey, having received his early education in the schools of Harrisonburg, entered the University of Virginia where he graduated in 1900 majoring in chemistry. Entering the employ of the Du Pont Company the same year, he served as chemist and supervisor in plants located at different places: Lewisburg. Ala., Gibbstown. N. J., Barksdale. Wis., and Tacoma, Wash. Later he was affiliated with the Canadian Industries. Ltd., of Montreal, Canada, a company associated with the Du Pont Company, serving as manager of plants located at Naniamo, British Columbia, and Nobel, Ontario, this being the largest smokeless powder plant in Canada at the time of World War I. After the war he was located at Montreal, Canada, as general manager of the Explosives and Ammunitions Division of Canadian Industries. Ltd. As already mentioned, he was a director of the Dunlop Rubber Company of Canada.
Mr. Yancev was a member of the Masonic lodge, the Beaconsfield Golf Club, the Winter Club of Montreal. and the Montreal Skeet Club. His favorite hobbies or recreational activities were golf, shooting, and skiing. Several years preceding his death Mr. Yancey purchased extensive tracts of land near Harrisonburg; the Eiler farm on the Keezletown Road; the Harrison place at Peale's Cross Roads, and the two Hinton farms at Massanetta Springs.
On July 18, 1912, Mr. Yancey married (1) Miss Jean Macready of Tacoma, Washington: and on February 22. 1939. (2) Mrs Jessie Wilson Hendery of Montreal. He has three children: Richard Bradlev, born June 17, 1913, now an ensign in the Naval Reserves; John Macready, born November 17, 1915, a lieutenant in the Air Corps; and Jean Gibbons Yancev. He died, as already stated, on April 21. 1942, in Montreal. The body was brought to Harrisonburg and interred in the community mausoleum in Woodbine Cemetery.