JACOB W. YOUNG, deceased, an early settler of Carthage, after the war, and a leading, business man, was born
August 29, 1839, in Stark county, Ohio, near the town of Canal Fulton. His father, George W. Young, as also his
mother, Elizabeth (Simons) Young, were born in Pennsylvania: He finished his education at Massillon, Ohio, and
at Greensburg Seminary. In 1860 he went to Indiana and taught school in that state until the breaking out of the
war, when he enlisted, at St. Louis, Missouri, as a private soldier in the First Missouri Cavalry, and during his
service was promoted from the ranks, and at the close of the war was a first lieutenant. In the spring of 1866
Mr. Young, in partnership with Dr. A. H. Coffee, came to Carthage. Missouri, and opened a drug store, which business
is still continued in the same location by the Coffee Drug Company. The firm of Young & Coffee continued until
1877, when Mr. Young retired from the business., selling out his interest to A. H. Coffee & Company. In a few
years Mr. Young became a stockholder in the Carthage Woolen Mills Company and the manager of its mills, which position
he held at the time of his death, which occurred in the beginning of the year 1894.
Mr. Young was an energetic, well trained business man, of methodical habits, an enterprising, public spirited citizen,
a faithful friend and an earnest, upright, Christian gentleman. During the latter years of his life he was a faithful
member of the Presbyterian church. He served for years as a member of the board of education of Carthage, most
of the time being the president of the board. He was also a member of the city council. He was an active, earnest
Republican in politics, but never sought office. He was twice married, marrying, in 1868, Miss Caddie Williams,
of Springfield, Missouri, who died in October, 1878. Their only child, Walter E. Young, died a year or two after
his father. Some years after the death of his first wife Mr. Young married Mrs. Riffle Garrison, who survives him.
Mr. Young, during his long residence in Carthage, was highly esteemed and ranked as a leading citizen of Jasper
The Biographical History of Jasper County, Missouri
By Hon. Malcolm G. McGregor
The Lewis Publishing Co.
Jasper County, MO
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