Biography of Le Grand Young
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LE GRAND YOUNG
Le Grand Young, born December 21, 1840, in Nauvoo, Ill., was the third son and fourth child of Joseph Young and Adeline Bicknell Young. Joseph Young was a preacher of the gospel. He arrived in Utah with his family in 1850. After such schooling as a boy could obtain in Utah at that early period, Le Grand Young, at about twenty four years of age, commenced the study of law. He afterwards became a student in the law office of Hoge & Johnson in Salt Lake City. Mr. Young was admitted to the bar in 1810 and commenced the practice of law. He afterwards went to Ann Arbor Law School and graduated from there in 1814.

In 1863 Le Grand Young married Grace Hardie, the daughter of John Hardie, a ship captain of Scotland, who died in that land. His widow, Janet Downey Hardie, came to Utah with her family in 1856, having been converted to Mormonism. There were six children born to Mr. and Mrs. Young, two sons and four daughters.

Joseph Hardie Young, the oldest son, is having a successful railroad career, and is now with the Southern Pacific. Le Grand Young, Jr., is a young man who is also engaged in the railroad business, and is now with the Emigration Canon Railroad.

Mr. Young's daughters are all accomplished women, and three are married as follows : Grace Young Kerr, whose husband is Kenneth C. Kerr, of the Salt Lake Route ; Lucille Young Reid, whose husband is Wm. Reid and is with the American Smelter Company ; Jasmine Young Freed, whose husband is the well known Lester D. Freed, in the furniture business in Salt Lake City. The remaining daughter, Afton, is unmarried.

Le Grand Young has always been a Democrat in politics. In 1895 in the first Democratic Judiciary Convention under statehood, Mr. Young was nominated as one of the judges of the District Court of the Third Judicial District in the State, while he was absent from home. He was afterwards elected to that office. He took his seat January 1, 1896, but he resigned the following May, for the reason that the salary was inadequate.

Mr. Young has always had a good law practice. He is now the senior member of the law firm of Young & Moyle. He is also president of the Emigration Canon Railroad Company, an electrical railroad making connection with the lines of the Utah Light & Railway in the eastern part of the city, and running practically to the head of Emigration Canon.

Mrs. Young, after living with her husband for nearly forty five years, died in March, 1908. She was a noble woman, a woman delightful to know, and a mother and wife whose equal is seldom found. The home at Eleventh East Street and Harvard Avenue, mostly through her influence, was always a bright and happy one, but it received a sad blow when without warning, and having been in her usual perfect health, this noble wife and mother was stricken with paralysis and expired March 14, 1908. Desolation is the word that best expresses the shadow cast by this sad event over this family. Not one of them had the slightest premonition of the sudden taking away of wife and mother that was to break on the home, and when every member of the family was gathered together from far and near she expired, surrounded by them all.

Le Grand Young is actively engaged with his law practice, but he finds time to give some attention to the general offices of the railroad of which he is the president.

From:
Sketches of the Inter-Mountain States
1847 - 1909
Utah Idaho Nevada
Published by: The Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake City, Utah 1909


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