Jasper Newton YOUNG, who is engaged in general farming on section 8, Whitefield township, was born in Birchwood, Tennessee, on the 25th of November, 1868, and is one of the eleven children of John Rufus and Katherine (BARE) YOUNG, who were likewise natives of Tennessee. The father has devoted his entire life to farming, and by following that occupation has provided for his family. He and his wife now reside at School, Missouri, and unto them have been born eleven children, of whom nine are now living: William Henry; Lodeamie, the wife of Robert ESTES; Mary Alice, the wife of William KEMP; Charles Franklin; John Arthur; Annie, the wife of Thomas WELCH; Frederick; Lawrence; and Jasper Newton.
When Jasper N. YOUNG, of this review, was only a year and a half old the parents started for Missouri, traveling with ox teams and spending seven and a half weeks on the road between their old home in Tennessee and Billings, Missouri. On reaching their destination the father purchased land and began farming, the boys working with him in the arduous task of developing and cultivating a new farm. In citizenship he has displayed many good qualities and he supports the republican party by his ballot, while his religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Methodist Episcopal church.
It was in the district schools of Stone county, Missouri, that Jasper N. YOUNG acquired his education and after leaving school he began earning his own living by working as a farm hand for others. He was thus employed for two years, but ambitious to enjoy better educational privileges he then resumed study in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Subsequently he came to Illinois, settling in Whitefield township, Marshall county, in the spring of 1892. Here he has since made his home and he is now cultivating a small but good farm of thirty-one acres which he has brought under a high state of cultivation. He is also well known as a raiser of fine poultry and makes a specialty of barred Plymouth Rocks.
In 1894 Mr. YOUNG was united in marriage to Miss Fannie FOUNTAIN, a daughter of Edward and Elizabeth FOUNTAIN, of Whitefield. They now have four children: Lola Arietta and Harry Glen, who are in school; and Clyde W. and Florence, yet at home.
Mr. YOUNG holds membership relations with the Modern Woodmen of America, being identified with Whitefield camp, No. 1653, of which he is now serving as clerk. He also belongs to Gem lodge, No. 572, I. O. O. F., and is a worthy exemplar of the beneficent principles upon which these organizations are based. He has served as school treasurer for twelve years and has proved a capable incumbent in the office of assessor for a number of years, the duties devolving upon him being promptly and faithfully performed. He gives his political support to the republican party. His life is characterized by high and honorable principles and his actions are manly and sincere, while in his business relations he has been found straightforward and reliable as well as industrious and enterprising.
Extracted July 2011 by Norma Hass from Past and Present of Marshall and Putnam Counties Illinois, 1907.