On Wednesday afternoon at 5:00 o’clock, April 24, Dr. James Alexander Young, one of the oldest known veterinary surgeons in this part of the state, said farewell to earth and entered into the spirit world. Dr. Young had been a conspicuous figure in Mt. Sterling community for many years. At the time of his departure, he was 78 years, 4 months and 6 days of age. He was not only prominent in his profession but as a citizen in general. In height, he stood six feet four and his friends say of him that he was “every inch a man.” He was of a solidery nature and bearing. He was born in Hancock County, Illinois, December 18, 1840; and until 1863 lived upon the farm with his parents.
In August 1862, he and tow of his brothers heart their country’s call and answered by volunteering. He was a member of Company C., 119th Illinois Infantry Volunteers. He remained in the service until the close of the war. After the close of the rebellion, he returned to the farm and in the meantime took up the study of veterinary surgery and practice. He soon became a licensed practitioner and remained active in the work until old age interfered. The decedent was married three times. In 1863, to Miss Almira Garlie. To them, were born eight children. One died in infancy. Two sons, James Ellsworth and William Franklin, died in youth. The five living are as follows: Mrs. A. F. Foote, Colaster, Wyoming; Ulysses G. Young, Cherry Vale, Kansas; Mrs. Roscoe Arvin, Timewell; John W. Young, California; and Mrs. William Sprouse of Mt. Sterling.
The following brothers and sisters are still living: Mrs. Elizabeth Easton, Tulsa, Okla.; Mrs. Mary Grain, Bowen; Samuel L. Young, Cherry Vale, Kan.; Miss Nellie Young, Council Bluffs, Iowa and Hugh W. Young, Bowen.
In 1884 the wife and mother died. He was again married to Mrs. Hattie Habin in 1886. To the second Mrs. Young, one child was born. She is now Mrs. Forre . . . (unreadable) of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The second marriage provided to be an unhappy one and a divorce was secured after having lived together for but a few years. The second wife still survives and is now residing at the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home of Quincy. The decedent was married the third time in February 1891, to Miss Cecelia A. Barrett. For twenty-seven years, this happy couple have resided at the old homestead near Hazel Dell church and school house. The wife still lives, and with the remaining members of the family mourns because of the final farewell of husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Sincere sympathy from their friends in sincerely expressed. The decedent in early life was a member of the Presbyterian Church but later withdrew his membership and united with the Chapel Hill M. E. church.
Four of the grandsons have the spirit of the grandfather and are now doing their part toward winning the battles for righteousness against German oppression. Otis Sprouse is a volunteer and is with the marines in West Virginia; Alfred Foote is with the volunteer infantry in California; James A. Arvin is with a volunteer coast artillery somewhere and Gilbert E. Arvin goes with the boys to Camp Dodge, Iowa next Monday. Grandfather Young was proud of all of his sixteen grandchildren, but his delight was in his four soldier boys.
The funeral was held in the Aber undertaking parlors, Friday morning at 10:00 o’clock Rev. Milton Wilson officiating. Burial in the Mt. Sterling cemetery.