David Young, junior partner in the firm of Adams & Young, grocers, and a leading and substantial business man of Buffalo, was born in Ayrshire, Scotland, on the 12th of June, 1868. He spent his boyhood and youth in that picturesque region which was the home of Burns, and with whose history many an interesting song and story is interwoven. He acquired his education in the public schools of his native country and on attaining his majority he resolved to try his fortune in the United States. Accordingly, in 1889 he bade adieu to friends and native land and crossed the Atlantic, but did not tarry on the eastern coast. Instead, he made his way at once across the country to Rawlins, Wyoming, where he secured employment on the ranch of Robert Taylor, the pioneer stockman of this state. He continued in Mr. Taylor's service for two and a half years, when he was joined by his brother, Richard Young, who had just come to America, and together they formed the firm of Young Brothers and engaged in the live stock business. They began operations in the vicinity of Rawlins, but soon thereafter took their stock up to Casper, where headquarters were maintained for about five years. In 1895 they came to Johnson county, where they have since operated, and for a number of years they have specialized in the raising of sheep, running from fifteen to twenty thousand sheep, while their herds of cattle have been reduced to the number of about six hundred head. They have thus long ranked with the leading stockmen of this section of the state and their interests have become very important and extensive. In 1902 David Young purchased a half interest in the grocery business of William P. Adams, thus forming the present well known firm of Adams & Young, and he has since given much of his attention to the conduct of his commercial interests. His brother, Richard Young, also figures prominently in connection with public affairs in Buffalo, being the present mayor of the city while at one time he was a member of the state legislature, and he is also the president of the Wyoming Loan & Trust Company of Buffalo. David Young is likewise interested in financial affairs as a member of the board of directors of the First National Bank of Buffalo.
    In 1903 was celebrated the marriage of David Young and Miss Margaret M. McRae, of Buffalo, Wyoming, and to them have been born two sons, Richard and David K. In politics Mr. Young has always been a stalwart champion of the republican party since becoming a naturalized American citizen. Fraternally he is connected with Anchor Lodge, No. 7, A. F. & A. M.*. and that he has attained high rank in Masonry is indicated in the fact that he has crossed the sands of the desert with the Nobles of Kalif Temple. A. A. O. N. M. S.**, of Sheridan, and is a Knight Templar. He also belongs to Buffalo Lodge, No. 7, K. P., and to Buffalo Lodge, No. 14, I. O. O. F., while he and his wife are consistent members of the Congregational church. They enjoy the warm and well merited regard of those with whom they have been brought in contact.
    Mr. Young belongs to that class of representative citizens who have justly won the proud American title of self-made men. He started out in the world empty-handed, and imbued with a laudable ambition, came to the new world to try his fortune. Necessity rendered it imperative that he obtain immediate employment and he utilized any means at hand that would bring him an honest living until he could start in business on his own account. From his initial step his course has been marked by advancement as the result of his close application, ability and trustworthiness and today he is one of the foremost merchants and ranchmen of Johnson county.

* Ancient Free and Accepted Masons
** Shriners International, previously known as the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (A.A.O.N.M.S.) and also commonly known as Shriners, was established in 1870, and is an appendant body to Freemasonry. The name change from the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, as well as Shriners North America, to Shriners International was facilitated in 2010 across North America, Central America, South America, Europe and Southeast Asia
† Order of Knights of Pythias
‡ Independent Order of Odd Fellows

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