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The Western Star, July 30, 1920.


From last week's Ashland Clipper.

Mr. Odus G. Young died at his home in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, July 15. He had been in poor health for some time, since having had influenza, but was in Ashland about two weeks ago looking after his ranch interests in the northeast part of Clark county. He and his brother, Nick Young, had owned and operated what was formerly known as the Messing ranch, composed of about 15,000 acres, for about fifteen years, and deceased had made frequent trips here and had many warm friends throughout this section of the country.

Mr. Young was born in Ray county, Missouri, January 20, 1858, and was graduated from the Kirksville Normal School. He was elected mayor of the city of Carrollton, Mo., in 1883, was the first mayor of that town to be re-elected to office, and was a delegate from the second congressional district to the national Democratic convention at St. Louis, in 1888. He moved to Kansas City in 1889 to practice law. In 1896 he was elected to the Missouri state senate from the fifty senatorial district.

Mr. Young was one of the founders and an active supporter of the Jackson County Democratic Club, organized in 1900 to unite the Democratic party of Jackson county Missouri, at that time not running along a smooth trail. During his political life he associated with his friend, the late James Pendergast of Kansas City, and fought by his side against Senator Lyons and J. B. Shannon. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ida Young; a daughter, Miss Frances Young of Kansas City; two sons, O. G. Young jr., of St. Joseph and Jack Young of Kansas City.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon at the home, 2910 Campbell street, Kansas City, Mo. The Rev. Eugene R. Hendrix, bishop of the Methodist Episcopal church (South) conducted the services. The active bearers were: T. C. Creel, Edward Goodson, Thomas Witten, David Murphy, Rees Turpin and Newland Deatherage. The honorary pallbearers are: G. M. Smith, W. R. Houston, M. L. McClure, C. E. Yancy, Wallace Good and Sanford B. Ladd. Burial was made in Forest Hill cemetery, Kansas City, Missouri.

From the site guestbook:

Name: Martha Bryant
E-mail: marthasb at juno dot com
Date: 19 June 2008

Comments: Thank you so much for posting the obit for O.G. Young. Although my great-grandfather was a central character in many family stories, the obit provided new information and confirmed some dates that will help us with further research.

Again, thank you so much.


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