Transcribed by Mary Ann Kaylor
YOUNGER, JOHN FRANKLIN (deceased), former Manager of the United States Gypsum Company, of Springfield, was born on a farm at Barclay, Sangamon County, October 22, 1879, son of John Quincy and Amanda (Taylor) Younger. John Q. Younger came to Illinois with his parents when a boy, from Crab Orchard, Ky., and his father conducted a blacksmith shop at Dawson, Sangamon County, where he died. John Quincy was among the younger children, the others being: Berry who took part in the Civil War; Newton, Thomas; Joseph, killed in battle in the Civil War, by the side of his brother John Q.; (already mentioned); Mary, and Margaret.
John Q. Younger received a common school education and worked with his father in the blacksmith shop at Dawson after leaving school. At the age of fifteen he enlisted, at Springfield, serving to the end of the war. He was wounded by a musket ball in the calf of the leg. His wife was a daughter of Jeff Taylor, an early settler of Rochester, Sangamon County, where Mrs. Younger was born and reared. After his marriage Mr. Younger worked for neighboring farmers, then farmed on his own account for a time, returned to working for others by the month, and about 1900 moved to Springfield, where his death occurred June 16, 1907. His widow resides with her daughter, Mrs. Kreider, in the southern part of Springfield. He was a member of the Christian Church and a Republican in politics. Children as follows were born to them: Jennie married H. C. Kreider; Samuel Owen married Carrie Scofield, of Fairfield, Ill.; Charles J. married Lydia Firey, of Edinburg; John F.
John F. Younger was educated in the public schools of Sangamon and Logan counties, and at the age of fifteen years began running a threshing machine, following this line of work until he came to Springfield to enter the employ of the company with which he was so long connected, beginning as a laborer, and through ability and energy being promoted through various grades to the position of manager, which he assumed July 18, 1908. He conducted the affairs of the company in a manner to insure its prosperity and growth and was a man of business integrity and high principles.
Mr. Younger was married, in Springfield, June 4, 1907, to Miss Myrle Rule, of Mt. Auburn, daughter of Samuel and Eliza Rule. They had no children. Mr. Younger was not a member of any church organization. In politics he was a Republican. He died September 2, 1910, at St. John's Hospital.