Clayton and Susie Moore, the current stewards of the Historic Yott Family home in the North Valley, have taken their stewardship seriously. Clayton said he has no intention of selling the family property and plans to make repairs. “I didn’t want to the be the one in the family to get rid of it,” he said. “My grandpa grew up in this house.” According to Clayton and his father Kip, Yott Reeves was extremely private and didn’t like speaking about the family’s history in private or public. After her death in August, the family began sorting through decades of belongings found throughout the house and in the barn the family built in 1897. They decided they wanted to share the family’s history with the community.
Clayton and Susie moved to Albuquerque from Dallas in 2014 after Vivian Yott Reeves, who lived in California, asked them if they would take care of the house. The couple has had the task of sifting through enormous amounts of family and community history since her death in August. They sorted through decades of belongings found throughout the house and in the barn the family built in 1897 and decided they wanted to share the family’s history with the community.
There is an article in Albuquerque Journal about Clayton and Susie Moore efforts as well as the Yott family, who came to Albuquerque in 1894 and built a two story house on 12th St. NW. Joseph Yott’s son Edward Leroy was a noted violinist and founded the Albuquerque Youth Symphony in 1930 and the Albuquerque Civic Symphony in 1931. Joseph’s daughter Maybelle married Albert Matthew, brother of the Matthew Dairy founder James.
AHS members Susan Schwartz and Bob Smith met with reporter Elaine Briseno and current homeowner Clayton Moore and provided some of the historical information that appears in the article. See Property on 12th Street has been Yott family home since 1894.