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William Horace Young

Posted: 8 Oct 2002 6:32AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 19 Oct 2002 9:46AM GMT
"History of Huntington County, Indiana"1914 By Frank S. Bash pg. 718-19

William Horace Young. The modern enterprise which is developing the country everywhere and transforming the conditions of rural life is well represented in the person of William Horace Young of Jackson township, proprietor of the North View Grain and Stock Farm, on section 20 and 21. This farm is two miles west of Roanoke on the Roanoke and Christian Gravel Road. Mr. Young and wife after their marriage had resources next to nothing, and it was largely on their confident courage and resourcefulness and industry that they lived for several years. They have made an exceptional success and are now among the prosperous people of their vicinity.

William Horace Young was born on a farm in Union township of this county, November 13, 1873. His parents were John S. and Elba (Ward) Young. His father was a son of John E. Young, Sr., who was of Scotch ancestry, and who lived in Lebanon, Warren county, Ohio. John S. Young, Jr., came to Indiana, in the Spring of 1864, after he had been reared and married in Warren county, Ohio. He located in Union township in the midst of the woods, where he still lives, and is one of the oldest residents in that section. His wife died in 1885. John S. Young has been a farmer and a lover of good stock, particularly fine horses. He became the father of the following children: Ida B., wife of Emery Taylor of Zanesville, Indiana; James F., of Union township; William H., a native of Union township; Sarah E., wife of John Difendorfer of Jackson township.

William H. Young was reared on a farm in Union township, attended the district schools as a boy, and his training in books which was more or less irregular, was completed so far as school attendance was concerned at the age of seventeen. After that he studied at home at night, and made up many of the deficiencies of his early training, so that he is one of the best informed and best read men in his community. Mr. Young early is his career married Carrie Vollmar, a daughter of Peter Vollmar of Jackson township. They have a little household of six children, three sons and three daughters, namely: Elgi C., a graduate of the common schools; Elvie L.; Minnie G.; George E.; Thomas C.; and Ida E. All the younger children are attending school. Mr. Young is a member of the Evangelical church, and in politics he is a Democrat.

Though they started out with nothing, Mr. and Mrs. Young now have the income of a handsome farm of one hundred and forty acres in Jackson township. Since June 2, 1900, Mr. Young has owned three different farms, and has succeeded in paying for each one of them, and his success is now growing rapidly. Farming and stock raising have been the lines along which he has reached toward success, and he keeps good grades of all kinds of live stock. He is a good financier, and his management has carried the credit along with his industry for his prosperity.

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