Henry K. Young, one of the most progressive business men of Macoupin County is prominently identified with the leading contractors of his county and also operates a large planing mill at Girard. He was born September 24, 1851, in Pennsylvania, and is one of a family of 11 children born to John and Susan (Kaufman) Young. John Young was also a native of Pennsylvania, where he followed trucking with successful results.
Henry K. Young came to Macoupin County in 1879 and engaged in the contracting business. Proving very successful at that occupation and accumulating sufficient money, he built a planing mill at a cost of $2,500, which was built according to modern methods and fitted with the best machinery. Mr. Young has almost continuously operated this mill since he built it and at present employs three men, doing general contracting work. Politically he is a member of the Republican party.
Mr. Young was united in marriage to Susan Hershey and 13 children were born to them. Mr. and Mrs. Young are prominent in the social circles of their community.