Biography of Leonard G. Youngs
Erie County, PA Biographies

Leonard G. Youngs, one of Erie County's highly esteemed and well known citizens, was born in North East Township, Dec. 13, 1853, and is the son of Sears and Jane (Harper) Youngs.

Sears Youngs was a native of Vermont, born in 1808. At an early date he settled in Erie County, where he improved 200 acres of land in North East Township, now known as Gulf Road. He was a prominent citizen of his time and held many township offices. He died in 1892, and his wife, who was born July 19, 1811, died March 29, 1897. Mr. and Mrs. Youngs were the parents of the following children Cordelia M., born Aug. 30, 1842, deceased; Levant, born in July, 1841, died Aug. 28, 1918; and Leonard G., the subject of this sketch.

L. G. Youngs was reared in North East Township and educated in the public schools, and Lake Shore Seminary, North East. He taught school several years, mostly in Ohio. He at one time was the principal of the Grafton Academy, Grafton, Ohio. In 1888 he was appointed postal clerk and worked on the Chicago, New York Railroad and two years later resigned his position and has since devoted his entire time to fruit growing and general farming. Since 1917 he has served as investigator of the state auditors and has collected more than $1,000,000, He also served as county commissioner of Erie County, from 1898 to 1901.

Mr. Youngs farm contains 60 acres of land, 20 of which are in grapes, 12 in prunes, and he has 1,000 peach trees, and 600 pear trees. He sells to the Welch Company of Westfield, N. Y.

On Dec. 31, 1874, Mr. Youngs was married to Miss Mary L. Covey, who died in 1891, leaving four children, as follows: Arthur F., a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this history; Leonard, lives at home; Alfred L., married Gertrude Youngs, lives in North East Township; and Anna M., a teacher, lives in Idaho.

On July 4, 1894, Mr. Youngs was married the second time to Celia A. Dowman, a native of New London, Ohio, and to them were born three children: Blanche, died in infancy; Howard D., born in 1892, a graduate of North East High School, Allegheny College and Columbia University, now a radio engineer with the Crosley Radio Gompany, Cincinnati, Ohio; and Russell, married Miss Leonora Jnghram, lives at North East.

Mr. Youngs is a member of the Methodist Church, and belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Grange. He is among the representative citizens of the community and has a wide acquaintance.

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

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