Carman H. Young, editor and proprietor of the "Atchison Champion," and also proprietor of Young's music house of that city, was born at Hanover, Jefferson county, Indiana, June 22, 1861. His father, James T. Young, was a native of the State of New York, and his mother, whose maiden name was John Emily McClelland, was born in Indiana of Scotch-Irish stock. In 1870 the family removed to Atchison, Kan., where both parents passed the remainder of their lives, having reared a family of six children. Carman H. Young presents a fine example of the self-made man. With only a limited common school education he began his business career as an employee in a furniture factory in Atchison, where he continued for several years. Although his work here was of humble character he gave it his attention, winning the approbation of his employers for the industrious and painstaking manner in which he discharged his duties. His next employment was in a machine shop. Realizing the advantages to be derived from a better education, he attended the night school and studied bookkeeping by himself, and after entering the machine shop he took up the systematic study of music with such enthusiasm that in a comparatively short time he came to be recognized as one of the most proficient musicians in the city. Having thoroughly qualified himself in this profession, he engaged in orchestra and band work, and for several years was leader of Young's band, which was recognized as one of the best musical organizations in the state, being engaged in a majority of occasions where band music constituted a part of the programme. In 1880 he established himself in business as a dealer in musical instruments and with his characteristic energy and his skill as a musician he quickly made "Young's Music House" one of the best known concerns of its kind in the state. He handles everything in the music line, frequently buying his pianos in carload lots. Mr. Young is the sole proprietor of this business, and he feels a just pride in the large patronage he has built up through his careful methods and his square dealing with his patrons. He employs a number of salesmen in the house and as traveling representatives, and divides his time between the music house and his newspaper, which he bought on May 21, 1902. The "Atchison Champion" is one of the oldest papers in the State of Kansas, having been started in 1856 as the "Squatter Sovereign." Two years later it changed hands and the name was also changed to "Freedom's Champion." A few years later the word "Freedom" was dropped and the present form of name adopted. Since it came into the hands of Mr. Young he has improved it until it is today one of the leading daily papers of the state. Politically, Mr. Young is identified with the Republican patty and has been active in winning victories for its principles. He was appointed a member of the Kansas State Conservation Commission by Governor Stubbs, June [Transcriber's note: a line appears to be missing here] elers and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, in both of which he is popular on account of his genial disposition and willingness to further the good work of each organization. On Dec. 26, 1906, Mr. Young was united in marriage with Carrie A. Carolus, of St. Joseph, Mo.Pages 901-902 from volume III, part 2 of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed December 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM195. It is a two-part volume 3.
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