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William Archibald Young (1851-1916)
Native of Albany, NY, and long-time resident of Bay City, MI.

1916 Obituary. (Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. April, 2008)

Bay City Tribune - Friday, June 16, 1916 (Page 4)

William A. Young

Pioneer resident, banker and lumber interests.

Stricken with Apoplexy At His Home Three Weeks Ago
Sunny Desposition
Deceased Honored and Respected by Men In All Walks of Life

William A. Young retired banker and lumberman and one of Bay City’s most prominent citizens died at 10 minutes to 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon at his home 815 Center Avenue. Three weeks ago this morning Mr. Young suffered a stroke of apoplexy. He was sitting upon the veranda of his residence reading a paper at the time he was stricken.

For two weeks his condition was not regarded as critical and physicians were unanimous in declaring that he had excellent chances for recovery. A week ago however he suffered a serious relapse and for seven days he never regained consciousness. Up until Wednesday night physicians were hopeful of improvement which might result in complete recovery. While believed to be at the point of death but a few hours before, Mr. Young rallied and by Wednesday night his pulse and respiration were about normal.

Commencing early yesterday he failed rapidly and the end came just before 4 o’clock. His family and other relatives were at his bedside.

William A. Young was known to all as “Uncle Billy”. The rich and the poor alike will mourn his loss . His friendships formed numbered into the hundreds and included men who work by the day in the mills and in the factories as well as the men of wealth who employ them. William A. Young knew no class. Nor was class knowledge necessary. They were all his friends and the word of his passing as it goes forth throughout the city will carry its pang of sorrow into many a humble cottage as well as the homes of the affluent.

Mr. Young was born in Albany, New York, November 10,1851. He came to Bay City in 1870 and became associated with his brother George H. Young in the Bay City Bank.

He was connected with the institution for many years as an official and a member of the board of directors. He was married in Toledo, Ohio on December 13, 1881 to Miss Harriet Peters daughter of William Peters a wealthy Ohio Lumberman.

Mr. Peters became interested in the lumber possibilities of this section and he opened a company here and built a sawmill at the foot of Columbus avenue. He placed Mr. Young in charge of the same. For several years Mr. Young has not engaged actively in business outside of the management of the Peters estate, for which he was one of the administrators for many years. He was a member of the Crapo Building Company, owners of the office building bearing that name at the corner of Center and Washington avenues.

Mr. Young was prominent in fraternal circles. He was a 32 degree Mason, a Knight Templar, a member of the Molsem Shrine, the Elks, Macabees, Woodmen and one or two other organizations. He is survived by a widow and two children. They are Mrs. Fred Shearer and William Peter Young, both of this city. He also leaves two brothers George H. Young and Walter D. Young of the Walter D. Young Lumber Company and of the International Mills & Timber Company of Salzburg.

The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from the residence . It will be held under the auspices of the Knights Templar. Interment will be in Elm Lawn Cemetery.

William Peter's mill. - (Added July, 2011)

History of Bay County, Michigan - 1883.


The history of this mill begins in 1858. In the Spring of that year, its construction was begun by W. P. Doty. After his death itws purchased by the present proprietor, a prominent lumberman and a resident of Toledo. The business is in charge of William A. Young, a son of Mr. George Young, of Bay City. The cut of the mill last season was 16,500,000 feet of lumber.

Additional Notes.

    1851 - New York Births: Albany.

  • William Archibald Young, born Nov. 11, 1851, son of George and Ann M. Young.

    1880 - Census: Bay City, Bay, Mich.

  • Young, George - b. 1825 Scotland - banker
  • Anna, wife - b. 1829 New York (nee McCormick)
  • William A., son - b. 1852 New York - bookkeeper

    1910 - Census: Bay City, Bay, Mich.

  • Young, William A. - age 59, b. New York
  • Harriet, wife - age 56 Mich.
  • William A., son age 24 Mich.
Related Note & Pages

Related Pages:
Young, George (father)
Young, Geo. H.(bro.)
Young, Walter D. (bro.)
People Referenced
Doty, W.P.
McCormick, Ann M. (mother)
Peters, Harriet (wife)
Peters, Wm.
Shearer, Fred Mrs. (dau.)
Young, Geo. (father)
Young, Geo. H. (bro.)
Young, Walter D. (bro.)
young, Wm. A. (subject)
Young, Wm. P. (son)
Subjects Referenced
Albany, NY
Bay City, MI
Bay City Bank
Crap Building Co.
Int'l Mills & Timber
Salzburg, MI
Toledo, OH
Wm. Peter's mill
W.D. Young Lumber
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