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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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Henry S. Young.

Henry S. Young is a representative and successful agriculturist of Grand River township, residing on section 17.  His birth occurred in Washington county, Iowa, on the 2d of November, 1875, his parents being John U. and Cornelia T. (Curtis) Young, who were natives of Ohio and Massachusetts respectively.  The former removed to Washington county, Iowa, in 1855, while the latter accompanied her parents to this state the following year.  Their marriage was celebrated in Johnson county, Iowa.  John Young then began farming as a renter and in 1878 established his home in Adair county, Iowa, purchasing forty acres of land where his widow now resides.  As time passed and his financial resources increased, owing to his untiring industry and capable management, he extended the boundaries of his place by additional purchase and improved the property, erecting good buildings thereon.  His demise, which occurred August 9, 1912, was the occasion of deep and widespread regret, for he had been a resident of the county for a third of a century and had won an extensive circle of friends here.  His widow still survives at the age of seventy-two years and is also widely and favorably know in her home community.  To them were born three children, as follows:  Leonard C. and Josie, both of whom are deceased; and Henry S., of this review.

The last named attended the common schools in the acquirement of an education and remained under the parental roof until he had attained his majority.  He then purchased eighty acres of land adjoining the home place and for some years followed farming in association with his father.  After the latter's death he cultivated both the homestead farm and his own property and subsequently bought another tract of twenty acres.  His mother owns property and subsequently bought another tract of twenty acres.  His mother owns seventy-four and one-half acres, so that he is now cultivating one hundred and sixty acres on section 16, Grand River township, and has fourteen and a half acres of timber.  In connection with the production of cereals he makes a specialty of raising and feeding stock of all kinds and in his undertakings is meeting with gratifying and well merited success.

In 1904 Mr. Young was united in marriage to Miss Emma M. Tomkinson, a native of Guthrie county, Iowa, and a daughter of George W. and Catharine (Whitmore) Tomkinson, who were born in the states of Kentucky and Ohio, respectively.  They took up their abode in Guthrie county, Iowa, in the early '70s and subsequently removed to Dallas county, this state, where the father passed away and the mother is still living.  To them were born eight children, six of whom yet survive.  Mr. and Mrs. Young have one daughter, Helen C., who was born on the 13th of February, 1906.

Politically Mr. Young is a stanch republican and his fellow townsmen, recognizing his worth and ability, have called him to positions of public trust.  For three terms he served as assessor and for one term as trustee, while during the past eleven years he has been secretary of the school board, acting in the last named capacity at the present time.  Both he and his wife attend the services of the Congregational church and are well known and highly esteemed throughout the community in which they reside.



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