|Birth: ||Jun. 11, 1839|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Jan. 31, 1923|
Rufus L. Young, veteran of the Civil War, pioneer farmer, veteran Mason, and former storekeeper and restaurant man, was born June 11, 1839, at Richland, Oswego Co., New York, son of Isaac and Roxie C. (James) Young. In 1870, after his mother died, his father came to Illinois, and farmed there until his death, two years later. Rufus went west in 1859 and located at Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. As a young man he learned the profession of a cooper.
In 1862, during the Civil War, he enlisted in Company I, 32nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, and served until the end of the war and his discharge in 1865. He entered as a Private and was promoted to Corporal and later to Sergeant, and accompanied Sherman on his famous March to the Sea.
In 1872 he came to Barron County and was employed by Knapp, Stout & Co. The next year he secured 160 acres in Section 6, Township 34, Range 11. This was all wild land. He cleared a part of the land, erected a good home and outbuildings and successfully farmed for many years. In 1900 he traded that property in Rice Lake, consisting of a residence and a store building. He opened a store and restaurant, which business he conducted until 1907, when he sold the property, and purchased a residence at 307 West Marshall Street, where he lived in retirement.
Active in public affairs he was clerk of the school board from 1873 to 1900, while living on the farm. He was a stockholder in the Consumer' Store at Rice Lake, a member of the G.A.R., as well as to the Blue Lodge, and the Eastern Star of the Masons. Prior to his enlistment he had became a member of the Kane Lodge, A.F. and A.M., at Neenah, Wisconsin, and thus had been a Mason for over 60 years. His wife was a member of the Relief Corps and the Eastern Star of the Masons. He died January 31, 1923, in Rice Lake, aged 83 years, 7 months and 20 days, and was buried there beside the remains of his wife in Nora Cemetery. His gravestone there is inscribed "Sergt. Rufus L. Young Co. I. 32 Wis. Inf."
On October 27, 1861, Rufus married Mary Ann Brown, Clayton Township, Winnebago Co., Wisconsin. She was born Oct. 17, 1845, at Kendall, Orleans Co., New York, daughter of Chester F. & Martha (Smith) Brown, residents of Neenah, Wisconsin. Her father was a veteran of the Civil War having served two years in Company K, 11th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. She died Feb. 11, 1922, at Rice Lake, aged 76 years, 3 months and 24 days and was buried there in the Young family plot in Nora Cemetery. Her gravestone is inscribed "Mary A. Wife of R. L. Young 1845 - 1922."
Their children, all born in Wisconsin, were:
Hattie E., b. 26 Dec 1866;
Frank A., b. 2 Feb 1868;
Marietta (Maria), b. 11 Jul 1876;
Rufus Elmer, b. 4 Aug 1880;
William L., b. 27 Nov 1885;
Myrtle Emma Young, b. 3 Nov 1887.
Hattie became the wife of John Dietz. Frank married Emma Todd and lived in Rice Lake. William married Alma Lee. Myrtle married Frank Gaylord. [Abstracted from Rufus' Pension File at the National Archives, Washington, DC and the History of Barron County, Wisconsin, pages 321-322, Published in 1922 by H.C. Cooper Jr. & Co., Minneapolis, Minnesota.]
In the 1880 U.S. Census, Rufus L. Young was listed as living in Rice Lake Township, Barron County, Wisconsin, with his 34 year old wife mary A and their three children: Hattie E., age 13; Frank A., age 11; and 3 year old Maria E. Young.
In the 1890 U.S. Census, Rufus L. Young was listed as living in Stanley Township, Barron County, Wisconsin, and as having served as a Sergeant in Company I of the 32nd Wisconsin Infantry, from August 15, 1862, to June 29, 1865, for total service of 2 years, 10 months and 14 days.
In the 1900 U.S. Census, Rufus Young was listed as a 60 year old mechenist-carpenter, living in the City of Rice Lake, Barron County, Wisconsin, with his 54 year old wife Mary A. Young and their two children, 14 year old William l. Young and 12 year old Mertie E. Young. They had been married 38 years, owned their house free and clear and wre the parents of 6 children of whom 1 was deceased.
On August 11, 1879, Rufus filed Application No. 303,283, for an Invalid Veteran's Pension, which was approved under Certificate No. 210,613.
References: 1880 U.S. Census, Rice Lake Township, Barron County, Wisconsin, June 21-22, 1880, ED 192, Page 17, Line 7, Family 69/69. 1890 U.S. Census, Special Schedule, ED 17, Stanley Township, Barron County, Wisconsin, Page 1, Line 5, Family 55/55. 1900 U.S. Census, City of Rice Lake, Barron County, Wisconsin, June 11, 1900, ED 12, Sheet 8, Line 79, Family 139/149. Death Registration, Rufus L. Young, Volume 10, Page 264, Barron County Register of Deeds, Barron, Wisconsin. History of Barron County, Page 321. Published 1922, H.C. Cooper, Jr & Co., Minneapolis, Minneosta.
R. L. YOUNG DIES AT ADVANCED AGE.
PIONEER MASON; WAR VETERAN EARLY
STANLEY SETTLER; PROMINENT MAN.
Rufus L. Young, one of the founders of Barron lodge No. 220, A. F. & A. M., veteran of the Civil War, and pioneer of Barron county died on Wednesday morning, at the age of eighty-two years after having been in failing health for some time. The funeral will be held today from the Masonic Temple, at Rice Lake.
He was born in Oswego county, New York, June 11, 1839, son of Isaac and Rose (James) Young, natives of New York State. After the mother died, the father came to Illinois in 1870, and there farmed until his death, two years later. Rufus L. Young came west in 1859 and located at Fort Atkinson, Wis. As a young man he became a cooper by trade. In 1862 he enlisted in Co. I, 32nd Wis. Vol. Inf., and served until his discharge in 1865. He entered as a private and was promoted successively to corporal and sergeant, and accompanied Sherman on his famous march to the sea. He located in Barron County in 1872, in the employ of Knapp, Stout & Co. The next year he secured 160 acres in Section 6, Stanley. This was all wild land. He cleared a part of the land, erected a good home and out-buildings and successfully farmed for many years. During this period he was clerk of his school board from 1873 to 1900, nearly thirty years, and road supervisor from 1892 to 1898. In 1900 he traded his farm for property in Rice Lake, consisting of a residence and a store building. He opened a store and restaurant, which he conducted until 1907. In 1907 he sold the property, and purchased the residence at 307 West Marshall street, where he spent the remainder of his life. [Friday, February 2, 1923, Barron County News Shield, Barron, Wisconsin.]
Mary Ann Brown Young (1845 - 1922)
Frank A Young (1868 - 1954)*
Etta M Young Heisner (1876 - 1900)*
Rufus Elmer Young (1880 - 1881)*
William L. Young (1885 - 1944)*
Created by: John Christeson
Record added: Apr 01, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7319650
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A Civil War vetean having served as Sergeant in Company I, 32nd Wisconsin Infantry Regiment.|
Added: May. 4, 2009