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ANDREW YOUNGER

In an environment far different from that to which in maturity and age he has been accustomed Andrew Younger passed the years of his early life. Born at King Horn, Fifeshire, Scotland, June 27, 1826, he grew to manhood in his native shire, against whose rugged shores beat the ever-restless waves of the North Sea. Familiar to his boyish eyes was the sight of sailing craft moored in some quiet harbor and the presence of sailors and fishermen in the small sea- ports of the shire. However he might be fascinated by tales of the sea, he did not choose the life of a sailor, but after he had attended school for a few years and had gained a knowledge of the common branches he began an apprenticeship to the trade of blacksmith. The trade mastered, he became a journeyman and worked for wages in his native land. At the age of thirty years he came to the United States, accompanied by his young wife, and together they began the difficult task of identifying themselves with a country whose customs and methods of business were radically different from those of their own Scotland. Some years after they crossed the ocean his brother, William, also emigrated from Scotland and settled in Illinois. Agriculture remained his occupation, and in 1909, after a prosperous experience as a farmer, he passed away at his home in Woodford county, Ill, where he had resided during practically all of his association with the new world.

An experience of seventeen years as a blacksmith at Peoria, Ill gave Andrew Younger a reputation for efficient work and honorable citizenship. The failure of his health led to the suggestion that he remove to California, Accordingly, he disposed of his interests in Peoria and came to Sacramento, where for one summer he worked in the blacksmith shop of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company. Next he followed his trade in San Francisco with various firms. In 1880 Stephen Uren sent for him to come to Sacramento and take a position as assistant foreman in the Southern Pacific blacksmith shop. Returning hither he entered upon the duties of the position, which he continued to fill until his retirement from all occupational activities. As a workman he was efficient, painstaking and trustworthy. His long retention in the one position is indicative of his recognized ability. Since his retirement in 1900, at the age of seventy-four years,' he has spent his winters at his comfortable home. No. 1427 G street, Sacramento, while in the summer he visits in Portland, Ore., with his eldest son, who is superintendent of the railway motive power at that point. Fraternally he holds membership with Union Lodge, F. & A. M., in Sacramento, and formerly he was actively associated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. While inclined to be independent in politics in local campaigns, he usually votes the Republican ticket in national elections, and is proud of the fact that the first ballot he ever cast in the United States was in favor of Abraham Lincoln for president. This was during his residence in Peoria and at the time of Lincoln's first election as executive. In his old Scotch home he was reared in Presbyterian doctrines and always he has been in deep sympathy with the work of that denomination.

Before leaving Scotland for the new world Mr. Younger married Marguerite Smith Hamer, a native of England. They became the parents of five children, one of whom, a daughter, died in infancy. The eldest son, Thomas W., resides in Portland. The second son, Andrew, Jr., is a teacher of pattern-making in Cogswell college, San Francisco, and the youngest son, Joseph H., is employed in the book-binding department of the state printing office at Sacramento. Mrs. Marguerite Long, the only daughter who survived to maturity, is a graduate of the Sacramento high school and is a teacher in the Sacramento public schools. In her family there are five children, namely : Andrew, of the United States navy, now stationed in China ; Hiram, of Sacramento; Russell, also serving in the navy; Marian, wife of E. W. Stebbins, a mining engineer of Oakland, and Jessie, who is the wife of Hamlinton Hawley, a banker of Oakland. 


Source:
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