William J. Young is a progressive and widely known business man of Oswego County, being proprietor of Young's
Garage at Minetto. He was born in New York City, Oct. 26, 1865, the son of John and Mary (Watson) Young.
John Young and his wife were natives of England. He was a sailor during his early youth and made several trips
around the world and approximately 100 voyages across the Atlantic ocean. Later he sailed the Great Lakes, and
lived at Oswego after his retirement. He was a Republican in politics and held numerous public offices. He and
his wife were members of the Episcopal Church. They are deceased and are buried in Riverside Cemetery, Oswego.
To Mr. and Mrs. Young were born seven children: 1. John W., deceased. 2. Esther Watson, deceased. 3. Sarah Jane
Weishoun, lives at Belmar, N. J. 4. Joseph, who died in 1882. 5. William J., the subject of this sketch. 6. George,
deceased. 7. John, deceased.
William J. Young attended the public schools of Oswego and was a boy of six years when his family located here.
In 1881 he learned the trade of machinist and was employed in the shops of the Ontario & Western Railway for
two years. He then went with the Ames Iron Company, spent eight years in the shops of the R. W. & O. R. R.,
and became master mechanic of the car spring works for two years. His next position was with the Kingsford Machine
Works, and from there he went to Auburn, N. Y., with the McIntosh Seymour Company for one year. Upon his return
to Oswego Mr. Young was identified with the Minetto Shade Cloth Company and later the Columbia Window Shade Company.
He served as master mechanic for the latter concern until 1914, at which time he became interested in the automobile
business at Minetto. He built a fine garage at this place and has since successfully carried on that enterprise.
He also handles electric refrigerators and radios.
In 1887 Mr. Young married Miss Della E. Wiley, of Oswego, the daughter of Watson and Mary (Scoulon) Wiley. Both
are deceased and are buried in Riverside Cemetery, Oswego. To Mr. and Mrs. Young were born five sons: 1. William
W., born in 1888, served in the U. S. Navy for three years, lives at Bristol, Pa. He is married and has two children.
2. Charles H., born in 1890, lives at New Rochelle, N. Y. He married Miss Georgia Ricker, and they have four children:
Charles, Marion, Ruth, and Kenneth. 3. John Edgar, born in 1895, lives at Syracuse, N. Y. He is married and has
three children. 4. Robert, born in 1899, lives at Syracuse, N. Y. 5. Joseph, born in 1907, is associated in business
with his father. He is unmarried.
Mr. Young is a Republican, has served as alderman of Oswego from the 4th Ward, and as a member of the Minetto School
Board. He is an active member of the Episcopal Church, and is affiliated with Oswego Lodge F. & A. M. No. 127,
and B. P. O. Elks. Mr. Young and his family have lived at Minetto since 1902 and are located at Benson Avenue.
The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932
Oswego County, NY
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