Biography of Arthur F. Youngs
Erie County, PA Biographies

Arthur F. Youngs is numbered among the most prominent of Erie County’s fruit farmers, and is a member of an honored pioneer family of North East, where he has spent his entire life. He was born on a farm in North East Township, now owned by William Scoulier, May 17, 1875, and is the son of Leonard G. and Mary (Covey) Youngs.

Leonard G. Youngs, also a native of North East Township, was born in 1851. He was a teacher in early life and later a railway mail clerk from Syracuse, N. Y., to Cleveland, Ohio, and from Cleveland to Chicago. For many years he has engaged in fruit farming and has met with marked success. He owns 53 acres of fine fruit land and in connection with this work he also is interested in nursery work. His wife, who was born in this township, died in 1913 and is buried in North East Cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Youngs had four children: A. F., the subject of this sketch; Leonard N., unmarried, lives at home; Alfred J., a fruit farmer, lives on Gulf Road, North East Township; and Anna M., a teacher, lives in Idaho. A. F. Youngs grew up on his father’s farm and attended the district schools. He has always been intensely interested in fruit growing and is a member of the Keystone Fruit Growers’ Association. He also conducts a vegetable and fruit stand and makes a specialty of catering to the home consumer.

Mr. Youngs was united in marriage with Miss Hattie T. Finn, a native of North East Township, who died Feb. 21, 1907, at the age of 36 years, leaving the following children: Ralph A., married Miss Dorotha Raymond, lives in North East Township; Richard Harland, married Miss Sarah Thompson, has a daughter, Martha Evangeline, and they live in North East Township; Mary Florence, was graduated from Pennsylvania State College in 1922, and married to Donald Huber, lives in Philadelphia, where she is a teacher, and her husband an engineer with the Bell Telephone Company of Philadelphia; Theodore Mark, married Miss Neva Swoap, lives at North East; and Harriet Maude, lives at home.

On Jan. 3, 1912, Mr. Youngs married Miss Jessie Farnsworth, a native of Greenfield Township, Erie County, and to this union a son has been born, James Rufus, born Oct. 20, 1921.

Politically, Mr. Youngs is a Republican. He is a member of the Methodist church and belongs to. the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, He and his family have a wide acquaintance in Erie County and are highly esteemed.

History of Erie County, Pennsylvania
By: John Elmer Reed
Historical Publishing Company

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