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Transcribed biography of Charles A. Young


Charles A. Young (popularly known as "Chick") has been on the Chesterton scene for many years as a businessman and civic leader. The son of Charles H. and Sadie (Herrold) Young he was born on April 29, 1903 in LaPorte County where his grandfathers were early pioneers arriving from Ohio by covered wagon.

He first came to Chesterton in 1923 and had various employments until starting in a battery trade about 1929 and opening his own shop during 1931. The year 1933 saw his acquisition of the Sinclair Service Station on the corner of Grant and Calumet in town. In 1950 his business had a major expansion by completely rebuilding the station. For various years after that he was associated with his business until semi-retirement in 1961. Besides his self-employment, Mr. Young was a school bus driver between 1935 and 1963 in and around Chesterton.

During the last twenty-five years civic activities have taken up a large part of his life. For many years he was a member of the volunteer fire department and once served as the assistant chief for that organization. He was chairman of Merchant's Day activities during the Chesterton Centennial of 1952 and from 1953-1954 served as president of the Chesterton Retail Merchants Association.

By 1955 he was politically involved with the Chesterton community as a deputy assessor. In 1958 he ran for an unsuccessful bid as county commissioner during the Republican primary. Another political bid, however, proved successful when in 1967 he ran for the Chesterton Town Board and served from 1968-1972.

On January 26, 1928 at Valparaiso he married Jeanette McClain of Chicago. They had two daughters; Shirley Jean who died in infancy and Elaine now Mrs. Wayne R. Dietz of Chesterton. Mrs. Young died in 1965 after a lengthy illness.

Source: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County. 1976. A Biographical History of Porter County, Indiana. Valparaiso, Indiana: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County, Inc. 180 p.
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Biography transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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