PORTRAIT AND BIOGRAPHICAL ALBUM
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LUTHER F. YOUNG. Police Judge of Springfield, has already won an enviable reputation among his professional brethren as a lawyer of pronounced ability, whose legal attainments amply qualify him for the high position he has attained thus early in his career at the bar. He is an honor to this his native city, where he was born November 16, 1856. Lewis YOUNG, his father, was born in Middletown, Frederick County, Md., a son of Daniel YOUNG, who was a native of the same town, while his father, Conrad YOUNG, was of German birth. He came to America in the last century, and located in Middletown, Md., and the farm that he then purchased is still in the family, owned and occupied by his grandson, Jacob YOUNG. He passed his remaining years in the home that he established there. The grandfather of our subject was reared to agricultural pursuits on the homestead where he was born, in 1840 he visited Ohio, making the entire journey both ways on horseback. In 1851 he revisited this State, and bought a large farm of three hundred and twenty acres in Springfield Township, of which two hundred acres were cleared. He continued his residence on his Maryland farm until 1864, when he came to Clark County, and bought a home adjoining the farm that he had previously purchased, and there his death occurred December 4, 1886, at the venerable age of ninety-one years. The maiden name of his wife was Elizabeth BOWLUS. She was born in Middletown, Md., and died there in 1858. She was the mother of thirteen children, ten of whom were reared to maturity. The father of our subject was bred to agricultural pursuits, and continued to live in his native town until 1852, when he came to Springfield and settled on the farm that his father had purchased here the year before. He was actively engaged in its management until 1867, when he returned to Maryland and bought a farm in the town of his birth, and made his home there until death ended his mortal career September 7, 1882. The maiden name of the mother of our subject was Elizabeth ARNOLD, and she was born near Burkittsville, Frederick County, Md., her father, Peter ARNOLD, being a native of the same county, and, it is thought, of English descent. Mrs. YOUNG is still living on the home farm in Maryland. With the exception of our subject, her children, Calvin, Albert, Alice and Mary live with her.
The son, of whom we write, was the second child of the family. As soon as large enough he assisted in the farm work when not attending the district school, where he gleaned his early education. When but a boy in his teens, he went to work in a machine shop, and desirous to obtain more learning, he carefully saved his earnings, and eventually had enough money to pay his way through college and became a student at Wittenberg, where he devoted himself assiduously to his studies, attaining good rank in his classes, and was graduated in 1882. His ambition pointed to the bar, and he at once entered upon the study of law with J. K. MOWER, and in 1885 was admitted to practice in the courts of this State. He opened at once in this city, and entered upon his professional career, in which he has met with such gratifying success. In 1887 he was selected to fill the position of Police Judge, as it was seen that he had qualities that peculiarly fitted him for the place, and so well did he administer the affairs of the office, that he was re-elected to the same position in 1889, and the fact that he ran ahead of the ticket shows his great popularity. He presides with dignity and tact over the proceedings of the court, and his decisions are marked with even justice, with a thorough knowledge of the law as applied to the class of criminals that are tried under his jurisdiction, and he is inflexible in the discharge of his official duties, and it is conceded by all parties is incorruptible. He is a man of social prominence, and is a valued member of Clark Lodge, No. 101, A. F. & A. M.; of Springfield Chapter, No. 48, R. A. M., and of Springfield Council, No. 17, R. & S. M.
Judge YOUNG was united in marriage with Miss Annie BAKER in 1885, and thus secured the sympathy and encouragement of a true wife. Mrs. YOUNG was born in Frederick County, Md., and is a daughter of Jacob and Rachel BAKER.
Portrait and Biographical Album of Greene and Clark Counties, Ohio
Chapman Bros., Chicago. Copyright 1890.