Pages 193-194, 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.




WILLIAM F. YOUNG, of Moran, Allen County, was born in Darke County, Ohio, on the 7th of January, 1856. His father, Elias Young, was born in Maryland, April 9, 1811, and married Sophia Edwards, a native of Ohio. When a young man he learned the plasterer's trade, which he followed for several years, after which he engaged in the milling business but followed farming many years previous to his removal to Kansas, in 1870. He located on a farm in Osage township, Allen County, three miles north of Moran, where he resided until his death, which occurred in February, 1900, when he was eighty-nine years of age. His wife still survives him at the age of seventy-seven years, and is living on the old homestead. They had five children, namely: Martha, wife of Theodore Wright; Leanida, wife of W. C. Carter; Rebecca, wife of W. D. Young; and Martin A., who is living with his mother on the old homestead, while W. F. is the youngest of the family.

Mr. Young, of this sketch, spent the first fourteen years of his life in the State of his nativity and then accompanied his parents to Kansas. He remained with his father until eighteen years of age and then went to Fort Scott to complete his education in the high school. He also attended the high school at Iola and the academy at Geneva, Kansas, working on the farm by the month in the summer and, after completing his own mental training, teaching school in the winter. He followed that profession about three years. On the expiration of that period he went to Las Animas, Colorado, where he was engaged with a hardware, lumber and furniture firm for two years. Returning to Kansas he began business for himself in Moran as a dealer in groceries, feed and coal, carrying on that enterprise for nine or ten years. Since that time he has engaged in the real estate, insurance and loan business, and now handles much valuable property and writes a large amount of insurance annually.

On the 17th of March, 1886, Mr. Young was united in marriage to Miss Mary Rucker, a native of Indiana, who came to Kansas with her parents. They have two children, Louis, a bright little daughter born January 9, 1887, and Russell, born February 1, 1890. In his political affiliations Mr. Young is a Republican and socially he is connected with Moran Lodge, No. 459, I. O. O. F., and with the Knights and Ladies of Security. He and his wife have worked hard to secure a good home of


their own and are now comfortably situated being able to enjoy many of the luxuries of life. Without the aid of capital or influential friends he started out upon his business career and has steadily worked his way upward through determined and earnest purpose until now he occupies a creditable position among the honorable business men of his adopted county.

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