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Walter Dickson Young (1855-1916)
Native of Albany, NY, and prominent businessman & resident of Bay City, MI.

1915 biogrpahy. (Added Dec., 2008)

The History of Michigan, by Charles Moore, 1915


It only the professor of a mind of unusual strength, persisten grasp and broad sweep of abilities who is able to earn signal success in a field already crowded with keen competitors, and then to transfer his activities to various other fields, just as difficult, and to achieve a like measure of distinction. The character of Walter D. Young, therefore, is cast in no ordinary mold, for his activities have brought him prominently into widely separated lines of endeavor, and in each he has achieved a full measure of prosperity, while at the same time he has been able to accomplish much for the welfare of his adopted city.

Mr. Young was born at Albany, New York, September 25, 1855, and there resided with his parents until 1870. His father, George Young, was born in Scotland and came to the United States at the age of twelve years, locating in the city of Albany, where he became a clerk in a grocery store. He was enterprising and industrious and possessed of the thrift for which his race is noted, and carefully conserved his earnings until at length he was able to enter business life as the proprietor of a modest establishment of his own. This he rapidly built up to large proportions and gradually branched out into the wholesale trade, meeting with success in both lines. In 1870 he removed from Albany to Bay City, Michigan, where he organized and became vice-president of the Bay City Bank, in which capacity he continued to act up to the time of his death in 1890 at the age of seventy years. He had varied other interests, was largely engaged in the lumber business, and was known as one of his community's helpful and enterprising citizens. Mr. Young married Miss Annie McCormick, who was born at Bethlehem, near Albany, New York, and she died at Bay City in 1897, at the age of seventy-four years. Four children were born in this union, of whom Walter D. is the youngest.

The common schools and an academy of Albany furnished Mr. Young with his educational advantages until he came to Bay City, where he attended the high school. At the age of eighteen years he began clerking in the Bay City Bank, where he remained for five years, and in 1877 he engaged in the brewing business, under the firm style of C. E. Young & Company, which succeeded the firm of Van Meter & Company. In 1884 the style was changed to the Bay City Brewing Company, and Mr. Young has continued as president of this concern, although his other large interests have made this somewhat of a side issue. Prior to his advent in the brewing business he had been engaged quite largely in operating vessels on the Great Lakes, and this has continued to receive a large part of his attention. In December, 1890, he was the organizer of the Michigan Log Towing Company, which owns and operates a number of powerful tugs, some of the largest on the lakes, which do an extensive business in towing logs from Georgian Bay to Saginaw river. In March, 1891, Mr. Young organized the Young Transportation Company, which for a number of years operated two boats on the great lakes engaged in ore and grain business, namely, the steamer Arizona and the schooner Plymouth. In 1894 he organized the W. D. Young Co. Saw Planing Mills, and Lumber Yards, of which he is sole owner and proprietor. This is one of the largest enterprises of Bay City. Mr. Young is vice-president of the Bay City Bank, of which his brother, George H. Young, is president; and a large owner of valuable real estate, the latter include his own palatial residence, one of the finest on East Center street. He is possessed of great executive and organizing ability and his associates constantly rely upon him for counsel and leadership where matters of importance are at stake. He has ever manifested a public spirited willingness to advance Bay City's welfare, and few men have been so unselfish in contributing to their time and means in forwarding movements of progress.

Mr. Young was married to Miss Elizabeth Androse (1), of Bay City, and they have four children: Fannie M., Walter D., Jr., Florence and Francis L., a son. Mr. Young is a thirty-second degree Mason, A Knight Templar and an Elk and belongs also to the Bay City Club. A man of charitable impulse he has done much for the worth poor, and all that makes for good citizenship and religion has his hearty support. His fidelity and loyalty have made admiring friends of of a large number of acquaintances.

C. Young & Co. (Added July, 2011)

History of Bay county, Michigan - 1883.


C. Young & Co., proprietors of the Bay City Brewery, succeeded the firm of Van Meter & Co., in 1875. The present firm is composed of Charles and Walter D. Young, sons of Mr. George Young, of Bay City. In 1875 Charles bought a half interest in the brewing business of Van Meter & Co., and in 1878 Walter D. Young bought the remaining interest, and the firm became C. Young & Co. The brewery is located on South Water Street, and manufactures 15,000 barrels of beer a year.

Additional Notes:

    1890 - Michigan Marriages: Bay City

  • Date: February 27, 1890.
  • Groom: Walter D. Young, of Bay City, age 34, b. New York, parents: George Young & Annie McCormick.
  • Bride: Elizabeth Ambrose, of Bay City, age 24, b. Illinois, parents: George Ambrose & unknown.
  • Official: W.W. Lyle, minister.
  • Witnesses: Mrs. E.M.J. Ambrose & Mrs. George Young (both of Bay City).

    Contributed by Phil Draper - Dec. 21, 2008.
    -- Last name of Elizabeth Androse is actually spelled Ambrose. Her life span was from 1865 to 1942. She and Walter are buried at Elm Lawn Cemetery in Bay City, MI.

Related Note & Pages

Walter D. Young

Lumberyard in Salzburg.
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Related Pages:
Ambrose, Josiah L.
Moritz, John B.
Bay City Brewing Co.
Young, George (father)
Young, Geo. H. (bro.)
Young, Wm. A. (bro.)
People Referenced
Ambrose, Elizabeth (wife)
Ambrose, George (f-inlaw)
McCormick, Ann M. (mother)
Van Meter, Mr.
Young, Charles (bro)
Young, Fannie (dau.)
Young, Florence (dau.)
Young, Francis L. (son)
Young, Geo. (father)
Young, Geo. H. (bro.)
Young, Walter D. (subject)
Young, Walter D., Jr. (son)
Subjects Referenced
Albany, NY
Albany academy, NY
Bay City, MI
Bay City Bank
Bay City Brewing Co.
Bethlehem, NY
C.E. Young & Co.
Georgian Bay, Can.
Mich. Log Towing Co.
Schooner Plymouth
Steamer Arizona
Van Meter & Co.
W.D. Young Co.
Young Transportation Co.
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