Passing Events, Improvement Era, Vol. Xxviii. Jan. 1925 No. 3.

President Seymour B. Young passed away early in the morning of Dec. 15, at his home in Salt Lake City, after an illness of about a week. For some time he has been feeble, but up to a little over a week ago has been able to attend to his duties at the Church office. Seymour Bicknell Young was born in Kirtland, Ohio, Oct. 3, 1837, as son of Joseph Young and Jane Bicknell Young, his father being an older brother of President Brigham Young. In his mother's arms he was carried through a hail of bullets unharmed, at the scene of the Haun's Mill massacre, in 1838. The following year the family moved to Nauvoo, where they remained till June 1846, when they started for the west. Though Seymour B, was but a young child at the time of the martyrdom of the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum Smith, the patriarch, he always remembered having seen them as they left Nauvoo for Carthage, and then the funeral of the martyrs and the grief of the Saints at the taking off of the leaders. The family of Seymour B. Young arrived at Winter Quarters late in the fall of 1846, and in Salt Lake valley Sept, 29, 1850. Ever since, Seymour B. Young has led an active and useful life, as a pioneer, missionary, soldier, physician, and Church official. He helped in building the first house in Cache valley. In 1857 he was ordained a Seventy, and called to go on a mission to Great Britain. In 1862 he enlisted in the U. S. army, and was one of 105 men from Utah, entrusted with the duty of guarding the mail route and telegraph lines from Missouri river to San Francisco. He also served in the "Black Hawk war." After that he engaged in railroad building under the Brigham Young Jr., contract. In 1870 he went on another mission to Great Britain in company with his father. When he returned home he engaged in the study of medicine, and in 1874 received his diploma from the University Medical College of New York. As a physician he gained a well-deserved reputation. In October, 1882, he was called by President John Taylor to be one of the first council of seventy, and at the death of Jacob Gates he became senior president in that quorum. On April 14, 1867, he married Elizabeth Riter, by whom he had twelve children, ten of whom survive. They are Seymour B. Young Jr., Mrs. M. D. Wells, Florence Pearl Young, Levi Edgar Young, Mrs. Willard Arnold, Elma Young, Clifford E. Young, Irene Young, Mrs. Orson M. Rogers and Mrs. J. T. Hammond. Jr. Later he married Abbie C. Wells, who, with one child, Mrs. Nana Clark, survives. Brothers and sisters are B. Bicknell Young of Chicago, the Misses Vilate Fannie and Henrietta Young and Mrs. Chloe Benedict of Seattle, and Mrs. Myra Russell of this city. The late Judge Le Grand Young was a brother.