Walter S. Young, burgess of Lykens, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, was born in Donaldson, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, 19 January 1854. He is a son of Moses R. Young and Sarah [Breehbill] Young.
Moses R. Young, the father, was born in New Jersey. He began business as a coal miner, then became a railroad contractor, and afterwards a merchant, He removed to Wiconisco in 1857, and was justice of the peace there from 1860 to 1861. IN later years he was associate justice of Dauphin County, with Justices Landis, Pearson and Mumma. He was the first burgess of Lykens in 1871. He was a Republican. Formerly he belonged to the Odd Fellows. Sarah Breehbill, his first wife, was a native of Lebanon County. Two of their children are living:
Walter S. Young; and
Emma Young, who married Alfred F. Hanna of Lykens, and died 7 May 1895.
Mrs. Sarah [Breehbill] Young, dying in 1857, Mr. Moses R. Young married Amelia E. Maurer, daughter of Dr. A. G. Maurer, who survives him. Their children are:
Arthur F. Young;
Maggie M. Young; and
Warren Ray Young.
Walter S. Young, at twelve years of age, came with his parents from Schuylkill County to Lykens and completed his education in the public school of that place, During the latter part of his father’s life Walter S. Young had charge of his business. Afterwards he became associated with Edward Miller in railroad contracts in New Jersey on the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railroad. IN 1879 he engaged with the Standard Oil Company. In 1889 he was a partner in the building of the Lykens Opera House, and has been the manager of the enterprise.
Mr. Young is a Republican and takes an active interest in political movements and measures. He was appointed notary public in 1879, and resigned to accept the office of postmaster, to which he was first appointed 23 July 1880, under the administration of President Hayes, and resigned 15 July 1886. He received the same appointment the second time on 8 July 1890, and still holds the office. He was elected chief burgess of Lykens in 1880, and resigned to accept the office of postmaster. He has served on the school board with great credit and acceptance. He was again elected burgess in 1891, 1892, 1893, 1894, and still holds the office, his term expiring in 1897.
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The above information was modified/edited from Commemorative Biographical Encyclopedia of Dauphin County, published in 1896 by J. M. Runk and Company of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. A free download is available from the Internet Archive.
Findagrave Memorial #115798546. Walter S. Young died on 17 June 1945 in Swatara Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. He is entombed in the family mausoleum in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Lykens, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.