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1904 Aug 16
Source: Santa Cruz Surf August 16, 1904 8:5 “Personals”
Mrs. Kate Cope, Mrs. Tessie Ready, Miss Ruth Ready, Mrs. C. B. Younger, Jr., and Master Donald Younger returned last evening from Shasta Retreat.


1919 Apr 22
Source: Santa Cruz Morning Sentinel Tuesday, April 22, 1919 1:2
Passing of Mrs. Theresa Hihn
Mrs. Therese Hihn, whose life has been closely linked with that of this community since the early fifties, passed away Sunday evening about 10 o’clock.

She was the mother of eight children, but two of whom survive her: Mrs. Kate Henderson of Capitola and Mrs. Agnes Younger. Those who have preceded her in death are Hugo, Lillie, Louis, Mrs. Theresa Ready, Fred and August. The grandchildren are Theresa [Teresa] Hihn, Ruth Ready, Fred D. Hihn and Donald, Bruce and Jane Younger.

Source: Who’s Who on the Pacific Coast 1949 p. 1051


1935 Nov 13
Source: Santa Cruz Evening News 1935 Nov 13 1:1

C. of C. Moves To Save Annual Art League Show
Loss to City Is Seen By Don Younger

Committee Will Confer With League
Declaring that “Santa Cruz will suffer one of its greatest losses in the discontinuance of the Art League’s annual mid-winter statewide exhibit,” Donald Younger today convinced directors of the Santa Cruz chamber of commerce that immediate steps by their board were necessary in an attempt to save the annual winter show.
Officers of the Santa Cruz Art league in an announcement last week revealed they would not attempt to stage their 1936 February statewide exhibit, declaring that the burden fell too heavily on only a few members of their organization.

“I sincerely hope that it is not too late for this chamber to do something that will save this show,” Director Younger declared. “The annual art show has grown to proportions of a state institution and the publicity it has brought to Santa Cruz has been invaluable.”

Acting on a motion presented by Director Younger and unanimously carried, President Al Strong of the chamber announced that he will name a committee late today for the purpose of conferring with President Margaret E. Rogers and other officers of the Art League for the purpose of devising measures for continuing the February exhibit.

1935 Nov 13
Source: Santa Cruz Evening News 1935 Nov 13 1:6

Younger Opposes C. of C. Joining National Body

Reading a three-page letter from Leonard E. Reid, manager of the United States chamber of commerce, inviting the Santa Cruz chamber to join the national organization, today brought vigorous opposition from Director Donald Younger of the Santa Cruz board and a charge by him that such action would precipitate the local body into politics.

Judge Younger’s determined opposition and a motion finally made by him that the matter be tabled finally resulted in action on the invitation being postponed until next Wednesday.

Interrupting the reading of Reid’s long letter by Secretary Mabel Wheeler, the objecting director remarked that “I have a letter here from the Democratic National committee I can read, too.”

“Paying our money to join the United States chamber of commerce would get this chamber too strongly into politics,” Director Younger argued. “We know how the national chamber is controlled and whatever service and reports we would get from its offices would be biased along lines of its political leanings.”

1935 Nov 14
Source: Santa Cruz Evening News 1935 Nov 14 2:1

Donald Younger Is Named President of New Group at U. C. Meet

Climaxing an enthusiastic meeting of Golden Bear alumni and supporters at the Beach Hill Inn last night a permanent organization to be known as the “California Club” was brought into being with Police Judge Donald Younger elected as its first president.

At the same time Mrs. W. H. Oliver, principal of the Felton school, was chosen vice-president and Loyd Miller, Deputy county clerk, secretary-treasurer. The nominating committee was composed of Ben Black, Senator Bert B. Snyder, Lloyd Bowman and Jack Bias.

The formation of the club followed a spirited dinner meeting with some 30 persons on hand to make the rafters ring with California songs and to listen to Brutus Hamilton, head track coach at the university, give a talk on recent developments at the Berkeley campus, particularly in regard to sporting events. Later four reels of slow motion pictures of last year’s “big game” and the Cal-Stanford track meet were shown with Hamilton handling the dialogue.

Following a brief welcome by Ben Black, general chairman of the meeting, the program was turned over to Donald Younger who acted as toastmaster de luxe.

Class Members Talk

With songs interspersing, representatives of various classes were called on for brief remarks, including their class yells which made a big hit.

The earliest graduate of the university in this area was R. S. Norris of the class of ’92 who gave a brief talk, followed by remarks by Dr. Harry Piper ’02, Lloyd Bowman, Ray Judah, Arnold Baldwin and Mildred Rogers, all ’04, Dan McPhetres ’05, Dr. Maynard Linscott and Fred Johnson ’06, Senator Bert Snyder and Charles Grunsky ’13, Fred Walti Jr. ’14, Robert E. Burton ’15, Sid Fraser ’20, Dr. S. B. Randall, ’21, Tom Prescott ’23, Wendell Van Houten ’24, Jack Bias ’25, Bill Means ’28, Loyd Miller ’29, Bob Harker ’30, Carl Anson ’32 and Cecil Rhodes ’33.

Violin numbers were given by Don Stone, accompanied on the piano by Genevieve Davis. Clyde McCormick was at the piano for vocal numbers by the gathering and the quartet composed of Tom Prescott, Loyd Miller, Dr. Charles Hocom and Clayton Wright.

Committee heads, including Dr. Maynard Linscott, Dan McPhetres, Clayton Wright, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Means, and Loyd Miller were thanked for their work in making the reunion a success, and a vote of thanks given Allene Porter Hawkins, proprietor of the Inn, for the sumptuous chicken dinner served the guests.


1936 Jan 25
Source: Santa Cruz Evening News 1936 Jan 25 1:2 & 2:3

Patrons, Patronesses For President’s Ball Told
Tickets Go On Sale At Three Major Stations
Big Infantile Paralysis Benefit Is Planned

Tickets to the third annual President’s Birthday Ball, infantile paralysis benefit [Transcriber’s Note: Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s birthday was Jan. 30th. He was a victim of polio.] of whose proceeds 70 per cent will remain, this year in Santa Cruz for local cases, went on sale today in three downtown headquarters.

Major stations for tickets were established at the Evening News and Morning Sentinel offices and at Rittenhouse Bros. clothing store where a special window display, publicizing the big Thursday night ball at the Cocoanut Grove and executed by Fred Quadros and Earle Kaplansky, general chairman of the affair for the Lions’ club, is to be installed this evening.

Window Display

Emphasizing the cause for the simultaneous nation-wide balls, the window will have as central figure a dummy supported on crutches and behind him a poster bearing the plea “Help Me to Walk.” Posters advertising the paralysis benefit and clippings from newspapers publicizing it through the country will form a frame and background.

Like cooperation from other merchants and social and civic leaders, of whom over 200 have accepted the duties of patron and patroness for the affair, was noted today by Chairman Kaplansky.

Patrons and Patronesses
Headed by Mayor and Mrs.
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Many to Attend President’s Ball
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Roy Hammond, the list of patrons and patronesses includes Messrs and Mesdames Amos Roff, Alvin Weymouth, Mabry S. Bibbins, Fred Howe, George Morgan, George Ley, Charles Pinkham, P. J. Freeman, Ed Delvin, Ray Judah, Fred McPherson, Sr., Donald Younger, Deming Wheeler, W. A. Horton, Bertram Snyder, C. Ray Holbrook, Bruce Sharpe, Henry Washburn, Stanford G. Smith, Lawrence E. Means, A. D. Sgariato, Wallace Richey, Charles Grunsky, Cecil Anderson, W. T. Rice, Jack Bias, C. H. Griffin, Jr., Sam Leask, Jr., Frank Murphy, W. O. Kerrick, George Cardiff, T. G. McCreary, Samuel Leask, Sr., Lester Wessendorf, Willett Ware, Charles Canfield, C. J. Klein, Goodwin Hammer, William Troyer, William Gould, Carlyle Blodgett, James P. Leonard, R. D. Baikie, Roy Fulmer.

Al Strong, Melvin McRae, John Hall, Harry Murray, Harvey Edmund, Roy Dreiman, Herb Coats, Paul Barker, Ed Daubenbis, Al Marschk, Fred Harbert, J. M. Gates, Ray Macaulay, Harry Lachman, Stanley Tait, Simon Collins, T. P. Williams, L. F. Hinds, John W. Farrar, Andy Balich, John Barnes, Barney Gurnette, Worth Brown, W. E. Elmer, Wayne Gettys, Lloyd Bowman, John Hold, Roy Stevens, George Penniman, H. O. Heiner, Clyde White, William Moore, Benjamin Knight, John Costella, Melvyl A. Dressel, Jack Enns, Morris Abrams, W. A. Deans, W. N. Swasey, A. A. Horton, Clifford Kilfoyl, Delos Wilder, Lino Niccoli, Fred Walti, Jr., Al Hunstman, Willard Paine, Harry Trost, Lloyd Hebbron, H. G. Black, Stanford Gillette, Stewart Miller, Roy Johnson, Tom Prescott, Morey Cope.

W. A. Saunders, J. A. Harris, Floyd Rittenhouse, Frank Stone, Leslie Johnston, Lloyd Pringle, Walter Mills, Jack Norton, J. R. Devitt, R. Lease, Hyman Abrams, Paul Wettstein.

Drs. and Mesdames Alfred Phillips, George Dakan, Mahlon McPherson, Sam Randall, Phillip Bliss, M. J. Gates, H. E. Piper, Frederick Ward, Frederick P. Shenk, F. D. Marquiss, Clyde Carmean, Stanley Dowling, W. L. Stanley, A. N. Nittler, Leslie Whiting, L. M. Linscott, Norman Sullivan, Norman F. Nelson.

The Rev. and Mrs. Norman Snow, Heber S. Mahood, Judge and Mrs. J. L. Atteridge, Judge C. C. Houck, Father John Galvin, Dr. Ethel Watters, Dr. Pearl Oliphant, Dr. J. T. Harrington.

Messers. Clement Tobin, Louis Beverino, Ben Black, George Carstulovich, Emmet Rittenhouse, Fred McPherson, Jr.

Mesdames Nina Elsom, Eva Moore Dunlap, Hope Swinford, K. W. MacDonald, Grace Williamson, Belle Lindsay, Janie M. Stocking, P. T. Phillips.

Misses Marthe Wagner, Marion Hollins, Mabel Wheeler, Sally Fields.

1936 Apr 28
Source: Santa Cruz Evening News 1936 Apr 28 6:1

Supreme Court Appeal May Decide Pioneer’s Final Resting Place

Reversing a decision given here last year by Superior Judge Maurice T. Dooling, of San Benito county that the bodies of a group of Santa Cruz’ most distinguished pioneers should remain in the Odd Fellows cemetery in this city, the district court of appeals in San Francisco yesterday directed the bodies be disinterred and placed in a mausoleum to be built in Cypress Lawn cemetery near San Francisco.

Decision of the court, directed against Mrs. Agnes Hihn Younger of Santa Cruz and Berkeley and ordering her to fulfill a specific clause in the $390,000 will of her sister, Mrs. Katherine C. Henderson, will in all probability be appealed to the state supreme court. Donald Younger, attorney for his mother in the proceeding, announced here today.

Trust Fund For Mausoleum

Mrs. Henderson, who died in 1921, provided in her will that a trust fund of $20,000 be set aside for the erection of a suitable mausoleum for bodies of her parents, Mr. And Mrs. F. A. Hihn; her husband, H. O. Henderson; her nephew [sic; her son] Fred Hihn Cope and herself. The trust was to be administered by Walter H. Linforth, San Francisco attorney, and the Wells Fargo Bank and Union Trust company.
Mrs. Younger Opposed

Mrs. Younger in her opposition to the will clause contended that as next of kin she had the right to dispose of her sister’s remains, and inasmuch as all persons specified in the contested clause had always lived in Santa Cruz and had considered this city their home, that the family cemetery plot here should be retained.
“I have not yet received a copy of the appeal court’s decision, nor have I heard from my associate in the case, Frederick C. Benner, San Francisco attorney, and until I do I will not say definitely what our future course will be,” Attorney Younger said this morning. “On the basis of unofficial notification, however, I feel that we will take the case to the supreme court.”

1936 May 9
Source: Santa Cruz Evening News 1936 May 9 2:1

Owner of Margie the Lion Is Put Behind Bars Just Like His “Cat”
For Maintaining Nuisance In City

“Margie” the African lion and William Totten, her owner, were both behind the bars today as co-disturbers of the peace and quiet of the community.

Totten was sentenced to spend 10 days in the county bastile [sic] yesterday as Police Judge Donald Younger revoked his probation granted on a previous conviction when he was found guilty of harboring a nuisance inside the city limits.

Totten maintained that he had been trying hard to sell his “cat,” first to the Tom Mix circus and later to the Fleishhacker [sic] zoo in San Francisco, but the court could see no reason for many months being spent in disposing of the animal which has been the cause of hundreds of complaints from residents who objected to its roaring at night and to the fact that it constituted a peril to children who might stray near its cage.

The lion, along with an assorted menagerie including monkeys, police dogs, parrots and other fauna, was first housed on Mission street, was then transferred to Water street and recently has been doing her roaring near the mushroom plant at the Neary lagoon.


1952 Jun 6
Source: Younger Collection, UCSC Special Collections

Copy of typed letter (1 page) June 6, 1952, to Mr. Wallace Johnson, General Manager, Up-Right Scaffolds, 1013 Pardee Street, Berkeley 10, California.

Dear Mr. Johnson:

Herewith I am loaning you maps of two portions of my ranch.

The larger map shows a11 land I own above or northerly of the Coast Road (State Highway No. 1), approximately 215 acres. A relatively small amount of the most northwesterly portion was planted to hay several years ago. As I own to the center of Meder (or Wilder’s) Creek, I assume that water could be impounded and pumped from the creek after securing permission of the Wilder Ranch.

The smaller map shows the portion of the ranch below or southerly of the Coast Road, down to the Southern Pacific right of way. The part marked “Lunardini” was rented for vegetables the last several years at $65 an acre for 51 acres, including a well on the part marked “Oliviera Pasture”. The “Pasture” is also suitable for vegetables. The “Oliviera bldg. Area” includes a large cow barn, horse barn, old dairy, and house. The house has three bedrooms, living room, kitchen, bathroom, and toilet.

I believe the 215 acres will support 43 head for at least 8 months. The last tenant, who vacated the latter part of April, declared the 215 acres would support 30 cows and 10 dry stock throughout the year. (His cows were heavy eaters.) This former tenant, who had Holstein cows, told a Watsonville cattle raiser that there is ample feed on the back ranch at the rate of 4 acres per head, although this prospective tenant contended it would take 5 acres when he offered me $1,800.00 a year for the 215 acres.

When grazing land is rented on a per head basis I believe the charge is $6 each per month for cows and large steers, but only $4 (sometimes $5) on young steers.

Land rented to strawberry growers brings from $75 to $100 an acre a year. I have been tendered $800 a year for the house, barns, and 6.26 acres.

Yours very truly, (Donald Younger)
(Stenographic errors are mine.)

1952 Dec 2
Source: Younger Collection, UCSC Special Collections

Copy of typed letter (2 pages) December 2, 1952, to George R. Silliman, 212 Martinelli Street, Watsonville:

Dear Mr. Silliman:

This will confirm the fact that you are renting my pasture land, consisting of approximately 214.302 acres, adjoining the Clara J. Rodriguez property for a period of four years from September 1, 1952, at a total rental of $8,000.00 for the four years, payable in installments of $1,000.00 on the first day of each September and March.

On November 12, I received a check from you for $1,299.80, which I believe represents the $1,000.00 installment that was payable September 1, plus the balance of additional rental that was due from you for the period prior to September 1, 1952. If that is not correct, you might inform me at your convenience.

On October 6, 1952, you and I entered into a verbal agreement that you were to farm the approximately 50.64 acres on the southerly side of the Coast Road (State Highway No. 1) that was last used by Pfyffer Brothers, and had previously been used by Lunardini. You also wanted to use the approximately 10 acres southerly of the main ranch buildings. At that time, October 6, 1952, I was not able to tell you definitely as to the additional 10 acres. You had indicated that you would likely start to use the property the first of November, growing barley upon the basis of one-third to me and two-thirds to you. You stated that you thought you ought to be able to have a 25 sack crop harvested by July in order not to interfere with rental of the property for Brussels sprouts or other agricultural products next summer.

[p. 2:] The recent rains have made the land very damp, and I question whether you will be able to use the entire 60.64 acres. At your earliest convenience, I wish you would please inform me as to your present intentions concerning that property as I do not want to take any further unnecessary loss on same.

Yours cordially,
(Donald Younger)


1976 Jun 11
Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel Friday 1976-06-11 39:1-5

Time has removed another leader from the Santa Cruz scene with the death of Donald Younger, who served as an attorney here for more than 40 years.

Donald Younger was a complex, sometimes controversial figure, highly interested in his community, his profession and the world of politics.

He hadn’t received his law degree before he was appointed as justice of the peace by the county board of supervisors.

Later he returned to law school, received his law degree from George Washington University Law School, and then came back to his hometown to serve as police judge in Santa Cruz.

His experience in the nation’s capitol gave him a keen interest in politics which he promptly enhanced with service on the Santa Cruz County Democratic Central Committee.

From there he became a prominent figure in California politics.

He wasn’t a candidate for public office, he was a “party man” in the complete sense. He was not at all unlike one of the nation’s most noted party organizers, James Farley who also died this week.

The state government turned Republican with the election of the late Earl Warren as governor. Younger, always a Democrat, centered his interest on the federal government in the regime of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

He gained the confidence of the Roosevelt administration as an advisor on Central California projects, and there were many in those days.

Younger continued his interest in the Democratic Party although he retired from active political work in 1956 after more than 30 year’s service.

As a judge he was tough, but understanding.

As a lawyer he was the total technician. He wanted the ultimate In every decision.

And when he became interested in a project, large or small, he gave it all his energy and all his ability.

We recall one time when the State Department of Agriculture decided to change regulations concerning the length of the artichoke stem. They wanted to shorten it from the one and one-half inch limit.

He enlisted our help, and while we fought a losing battle, by the time it was over every legislator and regulator in California knew more about artichokes than they had ever believed possible.

It was his opinion that if the artichoke stem was too short you couldn’t tell if the artichoke had been frozen. And if the artichoke was frozen, its taste was far from good.

Younger was a gourmand before gourmet was a household world. He was truly a connoisseur of food and drink.

He was just as meticulous with his food as he was with his law briefs. Perfection was the order of the day.
Younger’s dinners were something to behold. He was a fine chef and as expert with barbecued salmon as one could ever seek.

In his later years, he and his beloved wife, Marion, traveled extensively, visiting the world and all its people.
His family were California pioneers and he retained a great interest in the folklore and the history of his state.
But foremost of all, he was a lawyer.

His grandfather was a lawyer, so were both his father and mother and his brother. He was deeply proud that his family had served the legal profession in California for a century and a score of years.

The Youngers gave Younger Lagoon and 40 acres for the site of the soon to be built University of California marine laboratory.

It will be a fitting memorial to Donald Younger.

1976 Jun 10
Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel, 1976-06-10 1:1 (with portrait)

Donald Younger Dies Age 73

Donald B. Younger, 73, prominent local attorney and lone-time Democratic leader, died Wednesday at a local hospital after a period of failing health.

Younger was a member of a family of attorneys which had served the legal profession in California for more than a century.

For 33 years Younger served as a member of the county Democratic Central Committee. He was chairman of the committee off and on for 20 years.

During the four-term regime of President Franillin D. Roosevelt, Younger was considered one of the foremost leaders of the Democratic Party in California, attending national conventions regularly as a delegate. He was also a delegate to the 1952 convention.

He retired from active party work In 1956.

Younger was long active in the Santa Cruz County Bar Association serving as president and often as a delegate to the State Bar and to the American Bar Association.

In more recent years, Younger and his wife, Marion, spent considerable time traveling around the world although he maintained his law practice at the Younger Building on Chestnut Street.
Younger was the last member of his family to serve in the legal profession after a long line of lawyers. His grandfather, Charles B. Younger Sr., came to Santa Cruz around 1857 to serve as one of the early attorneys in the city.

His father, C. B. Younger, was dean of the Santa Cruz Bar Association until his death in 1935. His mother Agnes Hihn Younger the last surviving child of pioneer F. A. Hihn was an attorney before her marriage.
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Santa Cruz Sentinel 1976-06-10 2:3-4 (Continued From Page 1)

In 1927 while a student attending law school, Donald Younger was appointed justice of the peace in Santa Cruz by the Board of Supervisors. He served until 1931 when he returned to George Washington University Law School In Washington, D.C. to obtain his law degree. He was graduated from the University of California In Berkeley in 1928 (Continued On Page 2)

Younger also served as police judge for the City of Santa Cruz before returning to private practice in 1937.
He purchased the guest home at Pasatiempo in 1937 as his private residence. The home with fine gardens overlooks the first fairway.

Throughout his life, Younger maintained a keen interest in his community.

He was a member of the Commonwealth Club, Sierra Club, Save the Redwood League, California Historical Society, California Pioneers, the Forest History Society of Santa Cruz, the San Francisco Bar Association, the Santa Cruz Bar Association, State Bar of California, American Judicature Soclety, and a fellow of American College of Probate Counsel.

In 1973, the Younger family presented the University of California Santa Cruz campus with a 40-acre site on the Pacific Ocean just west of the city which will soon become the university’s marineland laboratory.
The Younger family first came to California in 1851 when Coleman Younger and Patrick Russell, later a secretary of the treasury, came here via the Isthmus of Panama. Coleman Younger located his ranch on Alviso road in Santa Clara County.

Younger was praised by Dean McHenry, founding chancellor of the University of California Santa Cruz. McHenry said, “Donald Younger made a valuable contribution to the campus and to his community. He was a complex, highly interested citizen.”

He is survived by his wife, Marion; a daughter, Helen Goode of San Mateo; two sisters, Mrs. Jane McKenzie and Mrs. Ruth Benner of Berkeley and three grandchildren, Eric, Andrea and Bradford Goode of San Mateo.
Private services were conducted at Norman’s Family chapel with burial at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park In Colma.

1976 Jun 11
Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel Friday, June 11, 1976 38:3

Younger Family Asks Donations

The family of Donald Younger, prominent local attorney who died Wednesday, has asked that any donations be sent to the coastal marine laboratory at UCSC.

The Younger family in 1973 presented UCSC with a 40-acre site on the Pacific Ocean just west of the city which will become the university’s first coastal marine laboratory.

1976 Jun 11
Source: San Francisco Chronicle 1976-06-11 27:3

Services for Donald Younger

Private family services have been held for Donald Younger, a prominent Santa Cruz attorney whose pioneer family practiced law in California for more than a century.

Mr. Younger, a former chairman of the Santa Cruz county Democratic Central Committee and former Municipal Court judge, died Wednesday in Santa Cruz alter a lengthy illness. He was 73.

A native of Santa Cruz, Mr. Younger was educated at the University of California at Berkeley, where he received a law degree in 1928. He attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he received another degree in 1932.

His law practice in Santa Cruz was a continuation of the practice started by his grandfather, Charles B. Younger Sr., a native of Missouri, who moved to Santa Cruz and was admitted to the California Supreme Court in 1856.

Mr. Younger was a member of the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco and the Bar Association of San Francisco and was a fellow of the American College of Probate Counsel. He was a member and past president of the Bar Association of Santa Cruz.

He is survived by his wife, Marion Stowell Younger, a daughter, Helen Goode of San Mateo, two sisters, Jane McKenzie and Ruth Benner of Berkeley, and three grandchildren.

Interment will be private.

Contributions to Maritime Laboratory at the University of California at Santa Cruz—where Mr. Younger donated 40 acres of Pacific Coast land for marine studies in 1973—are preferred.