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E. J. Young, the secretary, treasurer and general manager[of The Atlantic Gas & Fuel Company], is a native of this county, born at Grove City on November 29, 1868. His parents, Philip and Margaret (Strucy) Young, came to the county in 1865, the father having previously (in 1862) crossed the plains to Virginia City, Mont., where for three years he successfully engaged in gold mining. On their arrival in this county they bought a prairie farm, which they improved and occupied until 1869, when they moved into Atlantic, where the father died in 1897and the mother is still living. The father was born and reared in Germany and upon his emigration to the United States located at Mansfield, Ohio. They had two sons and four daughters, all living but two of the daughters.

E. J. Young was reared and educated in Atlantic, and has been interested in business there from his youth. He is a stockholder in the Iowa Trust & Savings Bank, and finds the enjoyments of fraternal life in the Order of Elks and the Knights of Pythias. His whole life from childhood has passed under the review of the people of his home city, and by them and others who know him he is considered one of the best business men and most useful and acceptable citizens of the county. With keenness and clearness of vision, alertness and energy of action, and constancy and devotion in obeying the commands of duty, he has the requirements for pronounced success in whatever he undertakes, and his genial disposition and obliging manner have given him a popularity which is an additional asset of value in the employment of his energy for the advancement of the city, in which he is always deeply interested.

From "Compendium and History of Cass County, Iowa." Chicago: Henry and Taylor & Co., 1906, pg. 574-575.

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