Charles Bruce Younger, Sr

Charles Bruce Younger, Sr

Liberty, Clay County, Missouri, USA
Death 22 Mar 1907 (aged 75)
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, USA
Burial Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, USA
Plot P, 09C
Memorial ID 73910462 · View Source
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One of the successful members of the bar in California, who practiced in the '50's, and whose residence and permanent identification with the interest of this city and county extend over a period of twenty years, is Mr. C.B. Younger. He was born in Liberty, Missouri, December 10, 1831, being descended from an ancestry that lived in Maryland, and participated in the colonial struggle for independence. Among other relics in his possession is some continental currency, paid to his great-grandfather for services rendered in the Revolutionary War. His great-grandfather was one of seven brothers, all of whom were engaged in the services of the Colonies.

The early life of the subject of this sketch was spent at the paternal home, at Liberty, Missouri. His preliminary education was obtained at private school. In 1848 he went to Kentucky, and attended the Bardstown and St. Joseph Colleges. In 1850 he entered Central College, of Danville, Kentucky, graduating in 1853. He read law with Joshua F. Bell, of Davisville, and was admitted to the bar in 1855. In December of the same year he came to San Jose, California, his father, Colonel Coleman Younger, having preceded him to the Golden State and located at that place. From 1855 to 1860 C.B. Younger practiced law in San Jose. From 1860 to 1872 he had such an extensive practice in Santa Cruz that he lived here a part of his time, and since 1872 has continuously resided in Santa Cruz. He first came to Santa Cruz on the 1st of April, 1856.

While the law opens up the best field for people with political aspirations, Mr. Younger has never sought preferment of this kind. His interest in politics is simply the interest which any good citizen would take, and such a course has permitted him to devote his exclusive attention to his profession, which has resulted in the establishing of an extensive and lucrative practice. He has been identified with many, even most of the prominent cases which have been tried in the court of this county. He was the attorney for the Santa Cruz and Watsonville Railway Company, and represented prominent taxpayers in the litigation with the Water Company. he is the attorney for Mrs. Helen M. Moore in the contest pending over the estate since 1877, and has successfully carried it through numerous appeals. He is also attorney in the suit involving the ownership of a part of the Corralitos Rancho, which has been to the Superior Court not less than half a dozen times, and, although the suit has not yet terminated, his client is in possession of the property. He was attorney for the Santa Cruz Railroad Company at the time of their suit against Claus Spreckels, when judgment was obtained for $45,000. He also represented the same company in the suit against the county, when the county refused to deliver certain bonds. He appeared for the contestant in the celebrated will case of David Gherky. I mention these cases to illustrate the character of Mr. Younger's practice, and the fact that where large and valuable interests were involved he has been retained.

As a lawyer, he is cautious, discriminating, and logical, and carefully observes the rule laid down by David Crockett, "First be sure that you are right, then go ahead."

He is a stockholder and director of the Pacific Avenue Street Railway Company. Several years ago he was interested in a cannery enterprise, which netted him $4,500 worth of experience. He was one of the founders and a director of the Santa Clara Valley Agricultural Association, and filled the position of secretary of the board for a period.

He was married, March 27, 1873, to Miss Jennie Waddell, daughter of W.W. Waddell, one of the most prominent pioneers of California. Two children have been born unto them, Charles B. Jr. and Helen. History of Santa Cruz County, California, pages 343-344

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