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Bio. of Henry Young ~ son of William and Nancy (Long) Young
Posted by: Deborah Brownfield - Stanley (ID *****1616) Date: July 29, 2005 at 23:25:22
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Northwestern Iowa has just reason to take pride in the personnal of her
corps of medical men from the early days in its history to the present time, an
don the roll of honored names of those who through the years have rendered
distinguished service in both professional and civic life, that of Dr. Henry
Young occupies a prominent place. He has long held distinctive prestige among
the medical men of this section of the state and has achieved a worthy
success, his ability and devotion to his calling being recognized and appreciated
not only in Manson, but also throughout the northern part of the state. Born
in Ogle county, Illinois, on the 16th of June, 1846, he is a son of William
and Nancy (Long) Young. His parents were born, reared and married in Maryland,
and in 1840 came west to Ogle county, where they settled on a farm, where
they spent their remaining years.

Henry Young received his preliminary education in the public schools of Ogle
county and in Rock River Seminary of Mount Morris, Illinois, and then
attended one course of medical lectures at the University of Michigan. he next
entered the Chicago Medical College (now the medical school of Northwestern
University), where he was graduated, with the degree of Doctor of Medicine, in
1872. He entered upon active practice in Oregon, Illinois, where he remained
about six months, and then came to Manson, Iowa, where he has practiced for
fifty-four years. Ostensibly he has retired, but many of his patients, whose
families he has attended through the second and third generations, still
insist on his service to them, and he finds it impossible to absolutely retire. On
the fiftieth anniversary of the beginning of his practice in Manson, the
medical society of Calhoun county celebrated the occasion at his home, all of
the physicians of the county meeting at a dinner in his honor. Doctor Young
passed through all the experiences of the pioneer physician, many of which were
not pleasant or agreeable. During the wet seasons, when the early roads
were impassable for a buggy, he rode horseback, his practice covering a radius
of twenty miles from Manson, and when the going was too bad for his horse he
went afoot. Neither swollen streams which he had to ford, storm nor blizzard
deterred him from going when a call came for him and perhaps few people fully
appreciate the measure of faithful and unselfish service which he rendered
in those days. Possessing a wide medical learning, embracing both theoretical
knowledge and practical experience, combined with sincerity and faithfulness
in his work, he has been an ideal physician and has well merited the honored
place which he hold in public esteem.

Doctor Young has been married twice. In 1877 he wedded Miss Jean Glover, of
Manson, and to them were born three children, namely: John William, who is
engaged in the produce business in Manson; Albert Leslie, who is a radio
engineer in the service of the federal government; and Edna, who is the wife of
R. A. Bloker, of Cedar Falls, Iowa. The mother of these children died in
1887, and the Doctor was subsequently married to Miss Etta Leavenworth, of
Montrose, Iowa, who is a graduate of Coe College and for seven years prior to her marriage was a teacher in the public schools. To this marriage was born a son, Henry Leavenworth, who is an attorney at Storm Lake, Iowa, is a veteran of the World war, having served in France, and is now commander of the American Legion post at Storm Lake.

Doctor Young has always maintained a deep interest in public affairs and was
one of the first men in northwestern Iowa to fight for drainage, being
president of the State Drainage Association for several years. He was elected to
the lower house of the state legislature, serving through the twenty-fourth
and twenty-fifth sessions of the general assembly, and later served as a
member of the state senate through the thirtieth, thirty-first and thirty-second
and thirty-second extra session. While a member of the senate he had the
pleasure of helping to enact a drainage law, for which he had so long worked. He
is a member of the Calhoun County Medical Society and the Iowa State Medical
Society, and belongs to the Iowa Historical Society. He and his wife are
earnest members of the Congregational church, to which he has always given
generous support. He served three terms as mayor of Manson and was the first
president of the Calhoun County State Bank. A useful factor in the world's work
and a man of well-rounded character, sincere, devoted and loyal, he well
merits the exalted place which he has long held in the hearts of his fellow
citizens of Calhoun county.

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