Born in North Dakota on June 11, 1883. Yerxa ran away from home at age 16 and joined the gold rush to Alaska. In 1913 he homesteaded 160 acres near Palm Springs, CA. A self-described desert rat and trader, in 1925 he went to Paris to study art at Académies Julian and Colarossi. He died in Palm Springs on March 5, 1965.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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