Biography of William A. Young
Marion County, IA Biographies





Since 1912 William A. Young has been the editor of the Pella Chronicle and has maintained its prestige as a paper that gives the latest news in an accurate and interesting form. He was for a number of years previous to his connection with the Chronicle a teacher, having taught at the Central University of Iowa here and also at Grand Island, Nebraska. He was born in Liberty township, this county, on the 7th of August, 1871, a son of Joseph H. and Lavinia (Jolliffe) Young. The father was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1839, and the mother in Edgar county, Illinois. The paternal grandparents, John and Mary (Hargrave) Young, both of whom were born in England, emigrated to this country and settled in Cincinnati, Ohio, whence in 1842 they removed to Shelby county, Indiana, where they resided until their deaths.

Joseph H. Young served in Company D, Thirty third Indiana Volunteer Infantry, in the Civil war and in 1867 located on a farm in this county, remaining thereon until 1893, when he came to Pella. He made this city his home until 1912, in which year he removed to Knoxville, where he is now living retired. The mother of Mr. Young of this review was a daughter of Collins and Jemima Jolliffe, of Virginia, who went to Illinois in 1832 and in 1853 came to this county, locating in Liberty township, where both passed away, Mr. Jolliffe dying in January, 1894, when about ninety two years of age, as he was born in 1802. The demise of Mrs. Joseph H. Young occurred in 1874 and Mr. Young remarried, Mrs. Eliza Garrison becoming his wife. To the first marriage were born three children, the subject of this review being the eldest. Five children were born to the second union.

William A. Young received broad educational training. He was graduated from the Central University of Iowa at Pella in 1898 with the Bachelor of Arts degree, in 1904 received the Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Chicago and then attended the Iowa State University for some time. For thirteen years he taught mathematics at the Central University of Iowa and was for one year a teacher in Grand Island College at Grand Island, Nebraska. A good mathematician himself, he also possessed the ability to develop the power of mathematical reasoning in those whom he taught and to train his students in accuracy. In 1912 he became editor of the Pella Chronicle and has since given his time and energies to that work. His leading articles are timely, vigorous and lucidly expressed, and under his management the news columns of the paper give the readers of the Chronicle an excellent account of local happenings and also of the more important events in the outside world.

Mr. Young is a member of the. Baptist church of Pella and gives his moral and material support to movements that seek the betterment of the community life. In politics he is a democrat and a single taxer. He holds membership in Pella Lodge, No. 55, A. F. & A. M., and in Des Moines Consistory, No. 3, A. & A. S. R. Practically his entire life has been spent in this county, and he has risen to a place of honor among those who have known and respected him from youth.

From:
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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