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The possession of versatile ability is indicated by the different enterprises that have engaged the attention of Charles J. Young since he entered the field of practical commercial activities. It is the proud claim of California that no commonwealth can surpass our own state in the enterprise, energy and intelligence manifested by native-born sons, and such a list if complete could not fail to include the name of Charles J. Young, now of Sacramento, but formerly a citizen of San Francisco. The title of colonel is frequently bestowed upon him by acquaintances and comes from the fact that he held the rank of lieutenant-colonel on the staff of the commander-in-chief, having been promoted to that commission from a captaincy in the National Guard.

A lifelong identification with California, dating back to his birth at San Francisco May 23, 1866, into the home of David and Josephine Young, gives to Charles J. Young a profound knowledge of the state, a thorough acquaintance with its resources, a loyal devotion to its prosperity and an earnest desire to advance its interests. After he had attended the grammar and high schools between the ages of six and seventeen years, he began to make his own way in the business world. At first he found employment with Hill & Kilgore, stock brokers of San Francisco, and he acted as their cashier and bookkeeper until 1884, when he embarked in the commission business for himself. Notwithstanding his youth he was quite successful in the venture. From 1889 until 1892 he held a responsible position as receiving teller with the Tallant Banking Company and in that important post he proved his possession of fine mental endowments.

An attractive offer came to Mr. Young in 1892, which took him away from San Francisco and caused him to make his headquarters at Grass Valley, this state, where he acted as assistant secretary of the Union Hill group of mines until 1900, and in 1902 he accepted a position as cashier in the bank of Weisbein Bros. After filling this responsible post for two years he resigned during 1904 in order to become manager of the Consumers' Ice & Cold Storage Company at Sacramento. The position he now holds, far from being a mere sinecure, entails greater duties than many would suppose, yet every detail has been guarded by his careful oversight, every step of progress has been made with sagacity and every plan has been developed with cautious judgment, thus securing for the company the greatest possible results, while at the same time giving to the resident manager a high reputation for business judgment and far-seeing discrimination. So closely has his attention been given to business affairs that he has had no leisure for participation in public affairs and gives no time to politics aside from voting a Republican ticket at all elections. The attractive home which he has established in Sacramento is presided over by Mrs. Young, a lady of culture and gracious hospitality, and a native Californian, born in Grass Valley, who prior to her marriage in January of 1900 made her home there. Both hold a high position in the social circles of the capital city and their residence here is regarded as a distinct advantage to the influences contributory to the general welfare. 

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011