Yotta, Jacob, (page 1140), farmer, has been a resident of Mazeppa since 1874, at which time he traded a farm in Iowa for two hundred and forty acres on section 5. Mr. Yotta has been somewhat unfortunate since residing here, having lost four crops. That of 1882 caught fire form the engine of a steam thresher, and was consumed. Mr. Yotta is a native of Germany, being born in Ipstein, Bavaria, January 21, 1832. His wife Elizabeth (born Lutz) is a native of the same village, and was married to him in Iowa (whither he was brought by his parents at fourteen) on July 22, 1855. Mr Yotta has aways been a farmer, and never attended an English school a day. His natural intelligence, however, drove him to a cultivation of the language of his adopted country, and he is better informed today than many native-born citizens. He has always been a republican. While within reach of the German Evangelical church, the family was united with it, and now attends the Congregational church at Mazeppa. The eldest child, Elizabeth, born August 10, 1858, married L. B. Stull, and lives within half a mile of her parents. The rest are all at home, and were born and christened as follows: Peter, November 17, 1860; William, January 19, 1863; John, August 20, 1865; Emma C., June 7, 1867; Jacob, November 28, 1870; Henry, January 28, 1873; Frederick C., July 1, 1877.
Young, Charles F. (Chapter 35 of the 1884 book), the founder of C. F. Young & Brothers (the description of which can be found on Chapter 35 of the 1884 book), came to this country from Germany when a mere youth. With an elder brother he arrived in Chicago in 1855, and was left there while the former sought a location in the west. Becoming tired of waiting for tidings of his brother, young Charles shipped on board a Lake Michigan sailing vessel. A very stormy voyage ensued, and the vessel narrowly escaped wreck after beating about four days. The young voyager, becoming very ill, was put off a White River, Michigan , then an unsettled country, and remained there eighteen months before hearing from his brother. The latter had settled at Read's Landing, and found the whereabouts of his charge through friends in Chicago. Coming to Read's, our subject was employed as clerk by a merchant there. After a year spent there and another in St. Louis in this manner, he attended a term of school at Wabasha, and this constituted his educational advantages in this country, save those furnished by his every-day business. In 1862 he volunteered in a company raised to go to the relief of settlers on the western border, and spent the winter on the frontier. In 1863 he began business for himself by opening a general store at Read's, and in 1865 opened a branch here, to which he removed the whole stock a year later. Henry H. Young came from Wurtemberg to Read's Landing in February, 1864, and spent a year as general chore-boy in a hotel there. During the winter of 1864-5 he attended a private school for three months, and thus prepared a foundation for his knowledge of English. In the spring he entered his brother's store at Read's, and assumed charge of that establishment on the removal of the proprietor to Lake City. He remained in his brother's employ until he became a partner as above noted. The winter of 1869-70 was spent by him in Bryant & Stratton's business college at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. On account of too close application to business he was compelled to take a rest in 1876, and returned from a trip to California with renewed vigor. Mr. Young was married in 1872, to Miss Anna L. Schauble, a native of his own province. Three children have been given to this union, of whom two are now living, viz: Henry G. and Albert Frederick. Mr. Young served four years as treasurer of Lake City, and refused to serve longer on account of business demands. In national and state affairs he affiliates with the republican party. He has taken all the degrees of Freemasonry to K.T., passed all the chairs of Odd-Fellowship, and is a useful member in the Sons of Herman and Knights of Honor.
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Young, Louis, (page 1119), hotelkeeper, Kellogg, is a native of Luxemburg, Germany, and was born March 10, 1843. In 1850 his parents, Peter and Barbara (Rausch) Jung, emigrated to America and settled on a farm near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Here, in the old log schoolhouse, young Louis received a common English education. When seventeen years old he entered a grocery store at Grandville station as a clerk, and soon after went to Chicago, where he was employed as a barkeeper. In 1862, being then but eighteen years old, he entered Bat. M, 1st Ill. Light Art., and served over three years as United States soldier. Participated in thirteen battles and forty-two skirmishes, being twice slightly wounded, and was honorably discharged September 2, 1865. The most important engagements wherein he was an actor were those at Chickamauga, Chattanooga, Missionary Ridge, Resaca and Allatoona. During his service he was confined in hospital eight months, his life being several times given up by his surgeon. Only his determination saved his life. After the close of the war he came to Minnesota, and shortly opened a hotel in Winona. January 16, 1868, he married Margaret Apelding, born in Luxemburg in September, 1848. Mrs. Young's father, Peter Apelding, is now one of the most substantial citizens of Rollingstone, Winona county. In 1872 Mr. Young came here and purchased the only building on the site of Kellogg. To this he has made additions, and is known to a large number of travelers for the excellence of his table. He was reared in the Catholic church, and adheres to the democratic party; served as village trustee in 1882-3. His offspring were christened John, Mary, Henry and Louis.
Young, J. E., (page 1216), head miller, Wabasha, since 1877. Mr. Young is a native of Indiana, and was bred to the milling business in Spencer, in that state. He came to Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1860, and was in the mills there until coming to this city in 1877. Four years of that time he was second miller in the mill of Eastman & Gibson, and was for another period of four years head stoneman in the Empire and in the Pillsbury B. mills. Mr. Young was married at Minneapolis February 22, 1869, to Miss B. L. Cyphers, of that city. They have one child Susie A. Young, born April 17, 1871.
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Youngs, Jesse, (page 1012 ~ deceased) was one of the pioneers of Mazeppa township, taking a claim in the fall of 1856 on section 8, where he died in September, 1865. He was born near Stanton, Connecticut, in 1789, and served through the war of 1812. His father was a revolutionary soldier. He married Martha McBride, and settled in Livingston county, New York, where he remained till he came here. He had two sons and two daughters. The eldest son, Enoch, came here with his father and took up a claim near by. He enlisted in February, 1862, in the 5th Minn. Vols., and was shot in Texas by guerrillas in 1864. He left a wife and five children. The other son remains on his father's original claim. Matilda J., one of the daughters, married Zerch Cornish and lives near Sleepy Eye. Anna married Charles Sibley, and lives near her brother on the old claim.