Wesley A. Young is one of the comparatively recent additions to the ranks of California business men. At Lodi, San Joaquin county, he has taken a front rank among the contractors and builders, and also carries on a large business as the senior member of the lumber firm of Young and Smith. He has been a resident of Lodi and of this state since 1899, and he has found this locality not only an ideal place from the standpoint of his personal health and of climate, but also as offering excellent business opportunities, and as a recruit from the middle west he has thoroughly identified himself with the life and activities of the California country.

Mr. Young came to California from the state of Iowa, where he had spent most of his previous career. He was born in Henry county, Illinois, December 5, 1858, being a son of George and Mary E. (Luther) Young, his father deceased and his mother residing in Greene county, Iowa. After spending the first ten years of his life in his native county he moved with his parents to Greene county, Iowa, where he attained to years of majority. Mr. Young is a well educated man, having graduated at the Jefferson, Iowa, high school, and for a time he was a teacher in Greene county. His father was a carpenter and brick manufacturer, and the son early became associated in these pursuits. On coming of age he became a brick manufacturer on his own account, at Scranton, Iowa, where he continued that business for two years. He then purchased the brick-making plant of his father at Jefferson and he made brick there for a number of years. At first his brother, J. F., was associated with him under the name of Young Brothers, but after five years the former died, and Mr. Young was tenceforth the sole proprietor of the establishment. At the same time he carried on contracting and building at Jefferson. While a resident of Iowa he was in continual poor health, and after visiting twenty-two states in the Union he finally decided upon California as the ideal health resort of the universe, and as before mentioned came and settled at Lodi in 1899. On October 1, 1904, he admitted to a partnership in his business Mr. Horace M. Smith, and the business is now conducted under the name of Young and Smith.

Mr. Young is a Republican in politics, and fraternally is a member of Lodi Lodge No. 41, Knights of Pythias. Mr. Young married, November 24, 1882, Miss Adell Richardson, who was born in St. Lawrence county, New York, and later went to greene county, Iowa, where she met and married Mr. Young. They are the parents of four children, Toss W., Lydia A., Harl M. and Arthur G.

Source: History of the New California Its Resources and People, Volume II

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine

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