Almer Michael Yealey, better known as Professor Yealey, or Mike, was well-known in Florence and Boone County as a public school principal and as the local historian. He was born 29 January 1873 in Union County, Ohio.
Yealey moved to Boone County in 1898. He married Lucy Ann Rouse 1 March 1898. Mr. Yealey became a farmer and school teacher in Boone County. He taught in four rural Boone County schools before becoming the principal at the Florence Public School from 1900 to 1931. He established the Florence High School in 1911. After his wife died in 1942 he taught again in Florence from 1943 to 1945, and for four years at New Haven. He taught school a total of 41 years.
Yealey became interested in local history soon after coming to Boone County. He recalled that in 1898 he photographed a re-enactment of an incident at Hangman's Tree. The re-enactment nearly had tragic consequences, but was successful, though he lost the scrapbooks containing the photograph and plates in 1919.
Mr. Yealey authored many articles which appeared in the Boone County Recorder and the Northern Kentucky News. Some of these were later collected into a volume, which was later expanded. He was a member, vice-president, and historian of the Boone County Historical Society, which was organized in March 1950.
In 1959, when he was 86 he was described as “a very spry man”. He died 25 November 1962 in Campbell County at the age of 89. He is buried in the Florence Cemetery.