Stark County IL Biographies - Y

Walter F. Young

Well known and popular in Toulon is the circuit clerk and recorder of Stark county, Walter F. Young, who has practically spent his entire life in this county, arriving here when a lad of three years. He was born in Allamakee county, Iowa, near Waukon, August 23, 1859. His father, B. F. Young, was a native of Maine and after he reached adult age was married there to Miss Sarah Gould, who was also born in the Pine Tree state. Mr. Young was a wheelwright by trade and carried on that business in Maine for some years after his marriage. During that period two children, a son and a daughter, were born to himself and wife. In the year 1855 Mr. Young removed with his family to the middle west, settling in Allamakee county, Iowa, upon a farm near Waukon, where he continued to make his home for seven years. In 1862 he brought his family to Toulon and here established business as a contractor and builder. He possessed natural mechanical skill and ingenuity and invented and patented the first riding cultivator which is now in universal use. He spent his last years in Toulon, passing away in 1868. His widow still survives him and is today a well preserved woman of eighty-six years.

Walter F. Young was reared in Toulon and was educated in the public schools, after which he learned the carpenter's trade. He continued to follow carpentering and contracting for over thirty years and there are many buildings in Toulon and Stark county that are monuments of his architectural skill and handiwork. In 1912 he was nominated by the republican party for the office of circuit clerk and recorder and at the following election a substantial majority was given him. He entered upon the duties of the position in December of that year and has since occupied the office in a most creditable manner entirely satisfactory to his constituents.

In 1897, in Peoria, Mr. Young was united in marriage to Miss Effie Boardman, who was born in Missouri but was reared and educated in Illinois and is a graduate of the Toulon high school. She afterward took up the profession of teaching, which she followed successfully for a number of years. Mr. and Mrs. Young began their domestic life in Toulon and to them have been born two children: Mildred, who is a graduate of the township high school; and Gilman B., who is attending high school.

Mr. Young is identified with the Masonic lodge of Toulon, in which he has filled all of the chairs and is a past master, while for a number of years he has been the lodge secretary. He likewise belongs to Wyoming Chapter, R. A. M., and he and his wife are members of the Eastern Star. They also hold membership in the Methodist Episcopal church and take a most active and helpful part in the church and Sunday school work, both being teachers in the Sunday school, while Mr. Young is a member of the official board and is the church treasurer. They do all in their power to promote the growth of the church and extend its influence and contribute in every possible way to the moral progress of the community. In all the relations of life, whether in business or in office, Mr. Young's record measures up to high standards of manhood and citizenship and the consensus of public opinion names him as a man of many excellent traits of character.

[Stark County, Illinois and its People: A record of settlement, organization, progress and achievement, published 1916, p. 188-189. – Contributed by Karen Seeman]

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