The cattle interests of Montague county are worthily represented in the person of Hogan Young, the subject of this review, in whose qualities as a citizen and a man his municipality takes a pardonable pride. For years his efforts have aided much toward the promotion of the stock output of the county and toward the encouragement of the grazing industry itself. Having large pasture interests, and being an extensive grower, dealer and shipper himself, he has been and is a factor worthy to be considered in a references to the cowmen of this county.
For the past thirty years Mr. Young has been actively identified with this locality, for his father’s extensive cow interests were transferred hither from Collin county about that time, and upon his sons devolved much of the active work in the saddle in caring for his herds. Samuel Young, the father, therefore was the family founder of this branch of our western industry and its effect was to make the present generation acquainted with two of the successful cowmen of Montague county.
March 6, 1862, Hogan Young was born in Collin county, Texas. His father acquired a Texas head-right which he located near McKinney, and one-half of which he gave to the man who hauled himself and little family hither from some point in Illinois. When the H. & T. C. Railroad was built through Collin county, the station of Allen was located near his farm and it was at that place that he passed away in 1892. Samuel Young was in a business way a remarkable man. His environment in youth precluded the acquirement of an education and it was under such embarrassing circumstances that he passed through life. He possessed much energy, wonderful ambition and exceptional business foresight and judgment, and he lived an active and busy life accumulating a splendid estate and going down to his grave as one of the foremost men of Collin county, yet without knowing how to write his name. His mental calculations were swift and accurate and he seemed to arrive at conclusions with less effort than the man with a pencil and by a much shorter process. Imagine the hardships that one in his condition must have endured to come to Texas as early as he did with scarcely more than a physical organization to depend on for his and his family’s support. He had plenty of labor to sell but there was little demand for it and when he did get a job of rail-making, ten cents a hundred was the prevailing price. There was nothing to be done but to get into the stock business and this he did as rapidly as the situation would permit. The wife that he brought with him to Texas, and the children she bore him all died early and his second wife, nee Charity Stowe, who still survives, is the mother of his living children.
Samuel Young was born in the state of Virginia about 1814 and at seventeen years of age left home for the west and never afterward knew anything definite regarding his people. He went into Illinois, where he married, and from whence he cast his lot with the settlers of the Lone Star state. In the days prior to railroads in Texas, he drove his cattle to Shreveport and other east Texas points to market, but the coming of the roads gave his business an added impetus and the immensity of its proportions was acquired some twenty years after the war. He manifested little interest in public affairs but was attracted to Odd Fellowship and held a membership in the Missionary church. His children were: James; George; Nancy M.; John; Samuel; Hogan, our subject; Louisa; Lucy; and Florence.
A poor education fell to the lot of Hogan Young as the opportunity seemed to be lacking to enroll as a pupil in the country school. He became an invaluable aid to his father on the cow range in early youth and was associated with him until married. While he was a resident of Montague county almost from the time of his marriage he did not become a citizen until his removal hither in 1889. He built the best residence in Stoneburg where he maintained his family and from which point he carries on his business and oversees his large ranch. He owns fourteen hundred acres on which he handles from one hundred and seventy-five to two hundred head of cattle annually and until a few years back he was in partnership with his brother Samuel of Bowie. In the business of dealing and shipping he is a member of the firm of Young and Chandler and his face is a familiar one on market at Fort Worth.
June 28, 1883, Mr. Young married, in Collin county, Miss Alice Harrell, a daughter of John and Melissa (Bolles) Herrell [Harrell]. Mrs. Young was born near Bowling Green, Virginia, June 12, 1863, and is the mother of: Maggie, Carl, who married Clara Ayres, resides on his father’s ranch; Hovey and Nettie complete the family.
Mr. Young is a man absorbed only in his private affairs. His training led him to follow a business in which there has always been work but not always profit, yet in the main and on the whole, fortune has smiled on him and his. He possesses the confidence of his fellowmen and practices the teachings of Him who commands all men to “hear ye with one another.”
Source: B. B. Paddock, History and Biographical Record of North and West Texas (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1906), Vol. II, pp. 319-320.