Pages 345-346, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




JAMES M. YOUNG.—For twenty-two years James M. Young has resided in Allen county and his farm in Logan township is one of the valuable properties in that locality. He was born in Jackson county, Ind., on the 5th of December, 1840, his parents being George W. and Susanna (Erma) Young, the former a native of Kentucky and the latter of Indiana. When a young man the father took up his abode in the Hoosier state and, when our subject was a lad of ten years, removed with his family to Iowa, where he made his home until the spring of 1857, when he came to Allen county, Kansas, here making his home until his death. Mrs. Young still survives and is living on the old homestead. They were the parents of nine children, and with two exceptions all are living in Kansas.

James M. Young spent the first ten years of his life in the state of his nativity and then accompanied his parents on their removal to Iowa. He


came to Kansas in the fall of 1878 and purchased a farm in the southwestern corner of Allen county, in Logan township, on the southern boundry line and a mile from the western limit of the county. It was school-land and he became owner of one hundred and sixty acres. With characteristic energy he began its development and from time to time extended its boundaries until his farm now comprises two hundred and forty acres, constituting one of the fine farms of Logan township. A nice residence is surrounded by beautiful shade trees, sheltering the home from the hot summer sun; large barns and sheds furnish protection for grain and stock and all the modern improvements and accessories of a modern farm are there found. He raises horses, cattle and hogs and feeds all of his grain to his stock.

While in Iowa Mr. Young married Miss Mary Esther Turner, a native of Illinois, and unto them have been born four children, two of whom are living. W. T. Young, the elder, married Florence Schooley and resides in this county, while Robert O. is at home and assists his father in the operation of the farm. In politics Mr. Young is a Democrat, voting for the men and measures of the party, but never seeking or desiring office, as he prefers to give his time and attention to his business affairs. These have been carefully managed and his diligence and sound judgment have enabled him to accummulate sufficient capital to carry him through the evening of life, whether his remaining days be few or many.

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