YOUNG, JOHN J., one of the representative and successful business men of Springfield, has been identified with that city's interests since attaining his majority. He is a native of Germany, born January 6, 1874, son of Nicholas, Jr., and grandson of Nicholas Young, both of whom participated in the Franco-Prussian War. Nicholas Young Jr., married Angela Schue, born in Germany, whose parents spent their entire lives in Germany. He was born June 24, 1844, and his parents spent their entire lives in Germany. In his boyhood he learned the trade of blacksmith, worked at same until he came to the United States in 1881, and afterward followed his trade many years in Springfield, where his death occurred, in 1896, caused by falling in a mine while he was in the hoisting shaft. He was married before leaving Germany and his widow now resides in Springfield.
John J. Young received his education in the schools of Springfield, and lived with his parents until he was twenty years of age, then worked on a farm until he went into business for himself. He has spent most of his life in Sangamon County, where he was brought by his parents when a small child. He is a member of the Catholic Church and of the Knights of Columbus. He is an ardent Democrat and has always been active in political affairs. He has been successful in business and careful in his investments, having accumulated considerable real estate.
Mr. Young was married, at Springfield, April 25, 1893, to Emma Lenegar, who was born in Springfield, June 4, 1875, daughter of August and Catherine (Eck) Leneger, the former born in Germany and the latter in Springfield. Mr. Lenegar conducts a grocery store in Springfield. Three children have blessed the union of Mr. and Mrs. Young namely: George, born November 3, 1895; Florence, in March, 1905, and Arthur, March 7, 1908; all born in Springfield and all surviving. Mr. Young has the good-will and esteem of a large circle of friends and acquaintances.
Note: Book spells Mr. Young's wife's name as shown above - Lenegar and Leneger.