Obituary of William Wilson Young
William Young, a former well known resident of Freeport, who served with Company L of this city in the Spanish-American war, died yesterday on his ranch in Cherry County, Nebraska, where he has lived since leaving here in 1907.
The decedent was a well known man among the labor unions of this city; for many years he was actively engaged in the work of organizing unions and he was president of the local Iron Moulders union. He also took an active interest in the affairs of the Illinois National Guard and when volunteers were called for the Spanish-American war, he was one of the first to enlist, and, owing to the fact that he had a great deal of experience, he was given the position of first sergeant of company L, the local company, and he served until the regiment was mustered out. He was also prominently connected with the Court of Honor and Mystic Workers.
William Young was born in Dakota Township, Stephenson County, Illinois, on April 12, 1865, and was the son of Robert and Louisa E. Young, pioneer residents of this county, his father preceding him to the grave eight years ago. He was united in marriage to Miss Cora Bicksler on May 28, 1896, and she, with three children, Viola, Robert, and Alice, all of Dewey Lake, survive. In 1907 Mr. Young went to Dewey Lake, where he homesteaded a piece of land, and since that time has been engaged in the sheep raising business, being very successful. He is also survived by his mother, who resides at 64 Third Street in this city, and three sisters, Sadie E. Moore of Freeport, Mrs. Ardell Harrison of Byron, Illinois, and Miss Margaret Young of Cherry County, Nebraska.
The remains will be brought to this city for interment, arriving here early Sunday morning. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.
[died 13 May, 1915, Cherry County, Nebraska; Buried at Cedarville Cemetery]
Obituary 14 May, 1915--Freeport, Illinois Newspaper.
Submitted by: Randy Campbell March 06, 2000