Young, Earl


by Estella Young

Earl, one of eight children, came from Ontario to Alberta as a small child with his parents who pioneered in the Stettler district. Eventually they moved to the place which was named after the family, "Youngstown". Their herd of dairy cattle supplied the town with milk. The families all had farms there.


STANDING, Left to Right Gary, Lynn, Adele, Glenn, Phyllis, Don.

SEATED: Estelle Young, 1976

Earl and I (Estella Young) were married in Youngstown in 1928. I was teaching in a rural school. The drought of the thirties drove many from their homes to find new locations and we were no exception. With our two small sons, Earl's parents and brother Norman, we arrived in the Elk Point district in August 1931. Everything looked wonderfully green, as nothing had grown that summer on the prairie. Our youngest son, Gary was born in Elk Point three years later. We especially enjoyed the lakes and the fishing. Earl farmed, harvested and threshed to make a living. Later he sold insurance, had a small grocery store and the post office at Armistice. During the war years I taught at Paramount School, then Elk Point and Lindbergh later. There are three sons and their families. Glenn and Adele live in Calgary with their two daughters. He is an accountant and has his own business. Glenn was a member of the first staff in the Toronto Dominion Bank when they opened a branch in Elk Point.

Don and Phyllis live in Edmonton with one son. Don worked in the oilfields for years and is now sales representative for Lori Oilfield rentals. Gary and Lynn have two boys and two girls. They are in mixed farming and always have a big garden that they share with the other families. The city families enjoy their places at Muriel Lake and spend as much time as they can there, relaxing, water skiing and fishing. Lynn and Gary and their family often join them for a family get-together and dinner.