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Charles Bruce Younger Sr.
Jennie Helen Waddell Younger

Married: March 27, 1873

Source: History of the Bench & Bar of California, being Biographies of many Remarkable Men, a Store of Humorous and Pathetic Recollections, Accounts of Important Legislation and Extraordinary Cases, comprehending The Judicial History of the State. Edited by Oscar T. Shuck, Editor of “Col. E. D. Baker’s Masterpieces” and other Works. Los Angeles, Cal., The Commercial Printing House, 1901. p. 974

Charles B. Younger is one of the members of the bar in California who has practiced here since the fifties. He is a native of Missouri, and was born at Liberty in 1831, descended from an ancestry that lived in Maryland in colonial times.
He removed when a lad, with his parents, to Kentucky, where he subsequently entered Centre College at Danville, graduating therefrom in 1853. After graduating he read law for two years in the office of Hon. Joshua F. Bell at Danville, and was admitted to the Kentucky bar in 1855. His first work of a semi-legal nature, done while reading law, was reporting for the Louisville papers the murder trial of Matt. Ward, of Elizabethtown, in which case there was an array of the most eminent advocates of that commonwealth.

In the year of his admission to the bar, Mr. Younger came to San Jose, Cal., where his father, the late Colonel Younger, had preceded him several years. He at once entered upon the practice of his profession, which has been chiefly confined to litigation arising in the counties of Santa Clara and Santa Cruz.

Since the marriage of Mr. Younger in 1872 to Miss Jeannie [i.e., Jennie] Waddell, at Santa Cruz, he has permanently resided at that city. Two children were born of the marriage, a daughter and a son, the latter being an attorney and counsellor-at-law.
Although law is often an entrance to politics, Mr. Younger has taken no active interest in politics only the quieter concern of a good citizen. His Democracy is of the old school.

He has been engaged on one side or another in nearly all litigation of any consequence which as arisen in Santa Cruz county, including much of the earlier land litigation; the litigation of the Santa Cruz Railroad Company with the county of Santa Cruz, and with individuals; the “Moore cases,” which have been before the Supreme Court in various phases for twenty-five years.

Personally Mr. Younger is pleasant, affable and agreeable, but not effusive. He is possessed of a peculiar dry wit, which often relieves the monotony of a weary trial.

It was recently said of Mr. Younger that he is “one of the ablest lawyers in the State. His success has come from a profound knowledge of the intricacies of the law, and in civil cases involving fine legal propositions there is no more formidable fighter in the State, and he has the reputation of never quitting unless successful.”


1864 Jan 30

Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel 1864 Jan 30 2:5
Stevens & Bradley’s New Hotel,

The Public are respectfully invi-
ted to attend a Party to be given

Reception Committee.
Dr. G. Parsons J. W. Olds. R. C. Kirby.
Managers. Santa Cruz.
R. E. Hyde. J. W. Olds. J. O. Wanzer

Wm. Felker Geo. Stevens P. Warner
S. W. Blakely I. C. Wilson E. Briody
O. C. Parker J. Scott J. D. Hyde
Geo. Otto Wm P. Comee S. Drennan
Wm H. Moore Henry Felker S. W. Field

Capt. J. Porter Lieut. A. Sanborn Dr. Grant
Hon. G. K. Porter. S. Bresse J. Frazier
T. W. Moore J. N. Besse
San Jose.

Chas. Younger R. J. Downs
Floor Managers.
Lucian Curtis D. J. Haslam
Carriage Committee
C. H. Dustin H. S. Soper
Tickets — $5. To be had at the office.


1872 Aug 3
Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel 1872-08-03 3:2 “Important Suit”
“An action has been commenced in the District Court of Santa Cruz county, C. B. Younger as attorney for Edward Briody against Titus Hale, and about one hundred and fifty others, to obtain partition among the owners of the Rancho San Andreas. This ranch is situated near Watsonville, and contains nearly ten thousand acres. The partition of this ranch will add much to the prosperity of this county.

1876 Jul 22
Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel 1876 July 22 3:3 COUNTY COURT – A. CRAIG.
July Term.

People vs. C. B. Younger — for change of venue argued and under advisement.

People vs. C. B. Younger — arraigned. Bond fixed at $500.

1882 Jan 21
Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel 1882 Jan 21 3:2
—The road tax case, city vs. county, in the name of Martin vs. Aston, was argued before the Supreme Court the present week, and C. B. Younger, one of the acting attorneys, is of the opinion that the decision will be in favor of the city.

1883 Mar 31
Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel 1883-03-31 3:5 “The Wedding.”

Friends gathered at the residence of C. B. Younger and wife Tuesday evening last, the occasion being the tenth anniversary of their marriage. It was a tin wedding and full of music. E. Spalsbury spoke as follows:

If I have been somewhat dilatory in adding my gift of tin to the many that have already graced this occasion, it is not because it affords me less pleasure to contribute it, and even now in giving it a few words of explanation seem both proper and necessary. When the subject of this gathering was first broached to me, I felt utterly at a loss as to what gift I could make. It has been my fortune — my good fortune — to be somewhat intimately acquainted with the household of our friends for several years, and I could think of no article of tin that would seem quite in place in such a home as this; but I chanced to remember that through many ages and by many people it has been deemed appropriate to commemorate, not only events, but dates, by the giving of medals. Acting upon this thought, I have had made, out of pure tin, this little medal. On one side it bears the inscription “Chas. B. Younger, Jennie H. Waddell, March 27, 1873,” and on the other side “Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Younger, March 27, 1883.” Only this and nothing more. But, believe me, my friends, it is not these dates alone that we seek to perpetuate by this simple piece of metal. We all understand that the real value of these articles of tin consists, not in their intrinsic worth, but in the kind wishes that go with them. I know that I but give the sentiment of every person present when I express the wish that the love and contentment, the health and prosperity, the joy and happiness, that have marked our friends’ household for the last ten years, will continue to abide with them in the future. Perhaps I should add that I have had one other motive in giving to this gift something of a durable character. We all know the uncertainty of life. Tonight we stand upon the shifting sands of time, with the boundless ocean of futurity at our feet. How soon some of us may be called to pass through its gray mist to the further side none of us can tell. It is not probable that even this small assembly will ever gather under the same roof again; and when the time comes when some of us, having finished life’s labors, are lain quietly away in the churchyard, when some of these forms, now warm with life, shall have moldered into dust, if the sight of this little memento shall bring back the heartfelt wishes that have been given to-night, if then, on its shining face our friends will read, not only the inscriptions, but the God-speed that goes with it to-night, the purpose of the donor will have been accomplished.

1887 Feb 4
Source: Santa Cruz Daily Surf 1887 February 4 3:2
In Memoriam.
The following resolutions were adopted by the Santa Cruz Society of California Pioneers upon the death of Mrs. Georgiana B. Kirby:

WHEREAS, it has pleased Almighty God, in his wisdom to remove from the scene of her long and most useful life our honored and beloved member, Mrs. Georgiana Bruce Kirby, and

WHEREAS, We feel that her vacant place among us can never be filled, therefore be it
Resolved, That while this society deeply deplores and sinerely mourns the loss of a valued Pioneer, a town’s woman of the brightest intellect, of elevating influence, of large and sympathetic heart — we yet rejoice that she was spared so many years to labor among us for the good of all about her; to minister to the sick, the sinful, the distressed, whether rich of poor; to dispense a large and cordial hospitality; to use her powerful influence for the defense of the right and the suppression of the wrong; to speak and write true and glowing words that will never be forgotten, and to show us, by her bright example, how a noble woman may live an unselfish life.

Resolved, That we shall ever hold her memory in deep and tender respect and affection; that we shall especially cherish in undimmed brightness the recollection of those early days when, as Santa Cruz Pioneers, our hearts and interests were closely drawn together by our comparative isolation from the world, and our departed member was prominent among the little band of devoted women who made life brighter and better for us all.

Resolved, That we extend to the husband and children of Mrs. Kirby our deep and heartfelt sympathy in the loss of one of the best of wives and mothers, who has left to them in the memory of her rounded and completed life, an inheritance that can never fade.

Resolved, That these resolutions be written in the records of this Society and that a copy be sent to the family of Richard C. Kirby.


1887 Dec 29

Source: Santa Cruz Daily Surf 1887 December 29 1:3

An Open Meeting, of the So-Called Committee of Safety.
Remarks by Messrs. Kaye, Gordon, Hihn, Kirby and Anthony —
Getting Ready for the Spring Campaign.

Pursuant to the published call, the so-called Committee of Safety met last evening at Bernheim’s Hall at 8 P. M., Charles Kaye presiding. The secretary, Dr. Gordon, read a preamble of resolutions signed by 109 real estate owners of this city demanding the immediate resignation of Mayor Effey and requesting the Common Council, should he refuse so to do, to make no further expenditure of the public moneys while he remained in office except the actual amounts required for the current expenses of the city government.

The chairman of the committee, Chas. Kaye, on calling the meeting to order explained the origin and object of the committee. The statement published in Tuesday’s issue of the SURF wherein public attention was called to the fact that he had stated that it was reported that W. H. Duke, the expert, had confessed to suppressing facts relative to a shortage in the city funds, he characterized as false.

[A statement which he will be required to prove..—ED.]

F. A. Hihn, chairman of the committee to expert the city’s books, stated that they had been diligently at work making the examination with the assistance of Mayor Effey, and that they were not ready to report, as they desired to make as full a report as possible; that his committee desired time to hunt up people who paid in money—to the Mayor others; that the city books were kept in good order; that the amounts credited to the electric light fund were not itemized, but that he did not wish to say anything reflecting on the city government or that any one had done wrong.

He further said that he had suffered pecuniarly by the dishonesty of officials, and that it was the duty of taxpayers to meet often, and furthermore, “he wanted a committee to watch the city government.”

The chairman urged owners of real estate to come forward and sign the roll, but there was only one response.

An interval of silence followed, which was broken by R. C. Kirby, who re-read the resolution and denounced the Mayor.

Elihu Anthony was called for and responded. He stated that the boycott prevented his reading the SURF, but he appeared to be very familiar with its contents. He had thought matters were wrong with the city government for a long time, but he had no evidence to offer to substantiate his belief.

Charles Younger said: “If there is anything wrong in the management of the city’s affairs, are not the Council as guilty as the Mayor? The Mayor has no authority to receive or disburse the city’s funds, and can do nothing without their knowledge and co-operation.”

Mr. Kirby took the floor for the second time, and during the course of his remarks fully verified the statements of the SURF concerning the “star chamber” proceedings on last Friday night.

Heretofore the roll had only been open for signature by owners of real estate. Mr. Kirby moved that all taxpayers be permitted to join, but his motion received no second.

L. L. Fargo took exceptions to the methods of the committee and called attention to the fact that the chairman of the meeting [Charles Kaye] was a candidate for the position of Superintendent of Public Works, and that Mr. F. A. Hihn, who was one of the committee to expert the books, was interested in water works.

The remarks of Mr. Fargo called forth replies from both Mr. Hihn and Mr. Kaye, defending their positions.

Mr. Barson, one of the committee appointed to expert the books, said: “All I want is the fottom facts, and will give Mayor Effey and the Council a fair deal.”

On motion the meeting then adjourned, to meet at the call of the chair.

1895 Apr 21
Source: The Daily Surf: 1895-04-21 3:3

Meeting of the Fair Building Directors — The $1,075 Bill Allowed.

The directors of the Fair Building Association held an adjourned meeting Saturday.

D. M. Locke and O. L. Gordon, appointed with F. A. Hihn to wait on C. B. Younger and see if the attorney would not reduce his bill of $1,075, reported that Mr. Hihn would not serve, which is a surprise to some, as the gentleman is undoubtedly responsible for the fact litigation was entered into between the city and the association.

Mr Hihn is the second largest stockholder and favored an appeal to the law, which encouraged a majority of the board to go into court more than two years ago. On the report of the committee being submitted Messrs. Lock and Gordon were authorized to call on Mr. Younger, which they immediately did, but without result. This fact being reported the committee was authorized to pay Mr. Younger $1,075, the $75 being for type writing, etc., it being understood that the type-writing was done in the office of the F. A. Hihn Co.

Mr. Younger agreed to withdraw notice of appeal, which is a dismissal of proceedings. The committee, so soon as the $5,000 in the hands of the city comes into their hands, will pay Mr. Younger and all claims against the association but the $4,000 Rice mortgage, which will leave them $2,000 with which to pile and plank along the association lot on the east and north sides, and move the pavilion to the east side of Front St., and put the building in better condition than at present.

Front St. will have to be filled in after the building is moved.

Later in the day the city paid the $5,000 and costs; the record was satisfied and Mr. Younger paid his fee.

1907 Mar 22
Source: Cemetery Records Younger, Charles B. Born: 1831 MO
d. 1907-03-22 age 75
Holy Cross Cemetery, Capitola Road Extension, Santa Cruz

1922 Aug 24

Source: Cemetery Records Younger, Jeannie Hudson Born:1842 MO
d. 1922-08-24 age 80
Holy Cross Cemetery, Capitola Road Extension, Santa Cruz

1935 May 12
Source: Cemetery Records Younger, Charles B. [Jr.]

d. 1935-05-12 age 61
Holy Cross Cemetery, Capitola Road Extension, Santa Cruz

1907 Mar 23
Source: Santa Cruz Evening Sentinel Saturday, March 23, 1907 1:3-4
[see obit below of C. B. Younger]

Mr. and Mrs. Younger have two children, Charles B.[i.e., Jr.] and Helen.

1873 Jan 3
Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel 1873-01-03 2:6

Births: son 18 Dec [Charles B. Younger Jr.?]
Source: Cemetery Records Younger, Charles B. (Jr.)

d. 1935-05-12 age 61

NOTE: In Obit, below, of Charles B., it is stated that the Youngers were married on: “March 27th, 1873, Mr. Younger married Jennie H. Waddell, who was born in Lexington, Missouri, and who came to California in 1860, with her father, W. W. Waddell, sho was a large timber merchant in Santa Cruz Co. One of her brothers is a teacher in Santa Clara College. Mr. and Mrs. Younger have two children, Charles B. and Helen.”

If this is an accurate statement, Charles B. Younger Jr. was born on December 18, 1872, before they were married.??? Perhaps the statement above should read 1872? If 1872 is used, his birth would have come exactly 9 months from the date of their marriage.

See Shuck’s biography, above, in which the year of his marriage is given as 1872.<

According to his obit (which see), Charles B. Younger Jr.: “he was born 61 years ago [from his death in 1935], December 28”, [1873]

1875 Oct 23
Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel 1875-10-23 2:5
Births: dau 22 Oct
[Mrs. C. K. Chase (Helen Younger)?]

Source: McKenney’s Pacific Coast directory, of business and professional...1875 for 1876-1878
p. 250-252 [Henry G. Langley’s directory] [Third year of Publication]
Santa Cruz County
Younger, C B, attorney at law, Lower Plaza

1879 Sep 20

Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel 1879-09-20 3:2
— C. B. Younger will soon remove to San Jose to take charge of the business of H. E. Spencer, who has been elected one of the Superior Judges of Santa Clara county, and Judge Craig goes to San Francisco.— Transcript.

1880 Jan 3
Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel 1880-01-3 3:4

New Year Masquerade Party.

The much-talked of masquerade that has been agitating the party goers of this city for quite a while and causing a flutter, particularly amont the fair sex, was given by Pacific Chapter, No. 38, O. E. S. at the Pacific Ocean House on New Year’s night. The dining hall of the hotel was very gracefully decorated with evergreens. At one end of the room the words “Pacific Chapter, No. 38, O. E. S.,” met the eye; at the other end of the hall the word “Welcome.” “A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year” enccircled the sides. The floor was in excellent condition, and the musicians did their best. At an early hour the maskers and spectators began arriving, and the former, after having been interviewed by the reporters and committee, were allowed to enter the main hall. Many of the costumes were rich in material, and some few well sustained, particularly the one of Aunt Rachel by G. Reugg, who caused considerable merriment. All the arrangements made by the committees were well carried out and they deserve praise for having had such successful party. An excellent cold lunch was spread by the genial host of the hotel in the room adjoining the dancers, and during the evening large crowds were at the tables. The party did not break up till five o’clock the next morning, the floor being covered with dancers till that time. We do not say too much when we say the party was the most recherche affair that Santa Cruzans have participated in for a long time. Below we give the list of maskers and characters assumed:

Mrs. C. A. Bugbee, Fancy Dress; Elden Goss, Geo. Washington; Robt. Craig, Negress; Irene Hill, German Peasant Girl; Kate Pilkington, Little Bopeep; Rose Mix, Queen Elizabeth; E. H. Mix, Italian Count; Mr. M. L. Kennedy, Night; Miss L. Learned, Night; Jesse Cope, Jockey; Miss Jessie Bennett, Polish Princess; Mrs. Thoms. Abner, Gipsey; Miss Maggie Jarvis, Old Mother Hubbard; Chas. Thompson, Italian Prince; Mrs. Robert Orton, Jockey; Hi Kron, Spanish Don; Chas. Medeira, Clown; Joe Scott, Harlequin; Mrs. R. Thompson, Mary, Queen of Scots; Ralph Thompson, Sir Joseph Porter, K.B.C.; W. Butterfield, Clown; J. J. Doran, Domino; Mrs. V. J. Mattice, Fantasie; L. D. Gardner, French Nobleman; Mrs. W. T. Cope, Fancy Dress; J. J. Nash, Goddess of Liberty; C. F. Butterfield; Uncle Jonathan; Mrs. H. Coffin, Fancy Dress; Miss Clara Warwell, Gipscy Queen; H. Thompson, Monk; Mrs. Annie Williams, Bluch Rose; Herbert Cox, Negro Jockey; Frank Hall, Clown; Robert Effey, Mephistopholes; Sam Willey, Irishman; C. H. Heath, German Farmer; A. H. Bailey, Highlander; Miss Mollie Nelson, Pop Corn Girl; Miss Laura Effey, Folly; Miss Tekler Effey, Guitana; Miss Flora Bradley, Oavaller; Miss Louisa Archer, of San Jose, Pastime; Underwood McCann, Monk; F. D. Scott, Indian; Mrs. O. I. Bradley, Tamborine; Miss Alfreda Morton, Spanish Lady; Miss May Bailey, Fancy Dress; Henry Chace, Don Carlos; O. I. Bradley, Alert Hose; Thos. Amner, School Boy; Mrs. F. D. Scott, Maid of Monterey; Miss L. E. Runge, Mask; Miss E. F. Runge, Folly; F. J. Campbell, Monte Cristo; Mrs. E. J. Campbell, Huntress; Mrs. J. G. Tanner, Piroutte; Miss Belle Ennor, Titania; W. T. Cope, Henry II; Mrs. Jesse Cope, Tamborine Girl; Mrs. Nat Manson, Tamborine Girl; Mrs. Geo. Sanford, Page; Mrs. J. E. West, of Soquel, Milk Maid; J. G. Tanner, Harlequin; Mrs. J. T. Hazels, Fairy Queen; Miss Amelia McKee, Fuschia; G. Ruegg, Ant Rachel; Miss Olive Ray, Waiting Maid; Miss Pearl McCann, Gipsey Countess; Mrs. H. C. Chace, Fairy Queen; Mrs. E. G. Heacock, Spanish Lady; Louis Hihn, Courtier; Miss Mamie Lewis, of S. F., Snowflake; Mrs. J. Cormack, of Felton, Mask; Mrs. J. D. Chace, Mask; E. G. Heacock, Indian Warior; Miss Jessie Cormack, Fancy Dress; Miss Hattie Chace, Fancy Dress; J. T. Hazels, Persian Prince.

Among the many spectators we noticed the following: Geo. Alexander and wife, G. W. Goss and wife, Miss Alice Goss, Miss Rennie, Miss Belle Peterson, Mrs. G. M. Jarvis, Mrs. G. P. Laird, Mrs. I. Blum, Miss Paulina Blum, Mrs. and Mrs. Dr. Gordon, J. Bernheim and wife, Mrs. Wm. Felker, Mrs. F. W. Lucas, Mr. and Mrs. Thos. A. Sweeney, Mr. and Mrs. Jas. B. Peakes, Mr. and Mrs. John B. Moulton, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. McLam, Misses Steinmetz, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Hinds, Mrs. Jones, of San Jose, Miss Lillie King, Miss Katie Orr, Mrs. Wardwell, D. F. Gardner and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Skinner, Miss Effie Parsons, Mrs. Woods, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. R. Hoff, Mrs. Jas. L. Grover, Mr. and Mrs. L. Karner, Mr. Waddell, Mrs. C. B. Younger, Mrs. H. A. Martin, Mrs. P. B. Fagen, Miss Marion Jordan, W. H. Hobbs and wife, G. W. Post and wife, J. F. Simpson and wife, Mrs. R. Bowen, Mrs. Geo. E. Logan, Miss Alice Moore, Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Swift, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. S. Levy, Mr. and Mrs. Judge McCann, Miss Belle Kent, Miss Lottie Hubbell, Miss Maggie Handley, Mrs. Peel, Miss N. A. Burrows, Miss H. Whale, of Stockton, Messrs. Nat Manson, I. B. Binney, E. S. West, A. M. Peterson, Judge A. Craig, H. C. Patrick, H. Coffin, J. D. Chace, J. E. West, J. Cormack, R. Orton, Chas. Hunt, J. R. Patterson, Arthur Patrick, Dr. F. E. Bailey, LeRoy L. Fargo, A. E. Bolton, W. H. Duke, John Williamson, John T. Porter, Geo. Craign, G. H. Taylor, Billy Young, C. W. Waldron, Fred Moore, Miss Bernheim.

1890 Jan 28
Source: Santa Cruz Daily Surf Tues., January 28, 1890 3:1 “Shifting Sands”
— The first railroad travelers of the season arrived via private conveyance from Watsonville yesterday morning. The party consisted of Messrs. H. Raymond, J. T. Sullivan, H. E. Makinney and C. B. Younger.

1890 Jan 28
Source: Santa Cruz Daily Surf Tues., January 28, 1890 3:1 “Personal Splashes”
C. B. Younger returned from San Jose yesterday morning, having taken the county road from Watsonville. He returned in the afternoon by the same route.


Source: E. S. Harrison’s The History of Santa Cruz County.
p. 227ff PART II.
“Biographies of the Pioneers and Prominent Citizens
of Santa Cruz County.”
[see also his portrait, facing p. 112]
pp. 343-344 CHARLES B. YOUNGER.

One of the successful members of the bar in California, who practiced in the ‘50’s, and whose residence and permanent identification with the interest of this city and county extend over a period of twenty years, is Mr. C. B. Younger. He was born in Liberty, Missouri, December 10, 1831, being descended from an ancestry that lived in Maryland, and participated in the colonial struggle for independence. Among other relics in his possession is some continental currency, paid to his great-grandfather for services rendered in the Revolutionary War. His great-grandfather was one of seven brothers, all of whom were engaged in the service of the Colonies.

The early life of the subject of this sketch was spent at the paternal home, at Liberty, Missouri. His preliminary education was obtained at private school. In 1848 he went to Kentucky, and attended the Bardstown and St. Joseph Colleges. In 1850 he entered Central College, of Danville, Kentucky, graduating in 1853. He read law with Joshua F. Bell, of Davisville, and was admitted to the bar in 1855. In December of the same year he came to San Jose, California, his father, Colonel Coleman Younger, having preceded him to the Golden State and located at that place. From 1855 to 1860 C. B. Younger practiced law in San Jose. From 1860 to 1872 he had such an extensive practice in Santa Cruz that he lived here a part of his time, and since 1872 has continuously resided in Santa Cruz. He first came to Santa Cruz on the 1st of April, 1856.

While the law opens up the best field for people with political aspirations, Mr. Younger has never sought preferment of this kind. His interest in politics is simply the interest which any good citizen would take, and such a course has permitted him to devote his exclusive attention to his profession, which has resulted in the establishing of an extensive and lucrative practice. He has been identified with many, even most of the prominent cases which have been tried in the court of this county. He was the attorney for the Santa Cruz and Watsonville Railway Company, and represented prominent taxpayers in the litigation with the Water Company. He is the attorney for Mrs. Helen M. Moore in the contest pending over the estate since 1877, and has successfully carried it through numerous appeals. He is also attorney in the suit involving the ownership of a part of the Corralitos Rancho, which has been to the Superior Court not less than half a dozen times, and, although the suit has not yet terminated, his client is in possession of the property. He was attorney for the Santa Cruz Railroad Company at the time of their suit against Claus Spreckels, when judgment was obtained for $45,000. He also represented the same company in the suit against the county, when the county refused to deliver certain bonds. He appeared for the contestant in the celebrated will case of David Gherky. I mention these cases to illustrate the character of Mr. Younger’s practive [sic], and the fact that where large and valuable interests were involved he has been retained.

As a lawyer, he is cautious, discriminating, and logical, and carefully observes the rule laid down by David Crockett, “First be sure that you are right, then go ahead.”

He is a stockholder and director of the Pacific Avenue Street Railway Company. Several years ago he was interested in a cannery enterprise, which netted him $4,500 worth of experience. He was one of the founders and a director of the Santa Clara Valley Agricultural Association, and filled the position of secretary of the board for a period.

He was married, March 27, 1873, to Miss Jennie [sic] Waddell, daughter of W. W. Waddell, one of the most prominent pioneers of California. Two children have been born unto them, Charles B. Jr. and Helen.

1898 Oct 8
Source: Santa Cruz Surf 1898-10-08 4:3

Funeral of Mrs. Anthony.
The funeral of Mrs. Sarah A. Anthony was largely attended this morning at the Methodist church, a large number of the Pioneers and old residents being present.

The impressive service was conducted by her pastor Rev. Thomas Filben with approprate [sic] music by the choir.
The pall bearers were F. A. Hihn, C. B. Younger, Henry Parsons, Beo. B. Bliss, L. S. Sherman and W. D. Storey.

1907 Mar 23
Source: Santa Cruz Evening Sentinel Saturday, March 23, 1907 1:3-4
Charles Bruce Younger

Passes Peacefully


Charles B. Younger, the oldest practitioner in law in this city, passed away at his home on Laurel St. Friday morning. Mr. Younger had been unconscious since Thursday night, the cause of his death being cerebral congestion, the end coming peacefully.

An old man, past the three score and ten usually alloted to mankind, he bore his years well and his mind was remarkable for its clearness until Thursday, when he became unconscious. However, he had been failing in health for the past two years.

A newspaperman in the “fifties,” journalism always possessed a fascination for Mr. Younger. Every day, as regular as a clock, he dropped into the “Sentinel” office with a quaint or humorous remark concerning the weather or “politics”. After securing a bundle of exchanges, he would leave for his home for their persual. He will be missed by the whole “Sentinel” staff.

The end came as a shock to his many friends throughout the city, who respected him for his many strong traits of character. The Superior Court was in session Thursday when the news of his end was brought to Charles M. Cassin, one of the attorneys in the Colton case. Mr. Cassin immediately moved that when the court adjourned, that it adjourn out of respect for Charles Bruce Younger.

The following sketch of the life of Mr. Younger is taken from Prof. J. N. Guinn’s Historical and Biographical Record, published in 1903.

The distinction of having engaged in general law practice in Santa Cruz for a longer period than any other practitioner in this city belongs to Mr. Younger, whose identification with the professional interests of this city and county covers little less than half a century.

During all of these years he has not only gained a high position among the attorneys of the locality, but at the same time has been identified with the general progress of city and county, and has aided largely in those measures that promise to promote the welfare of his fellow citizens.

The descendant of a Maryland family who were early settlers in Maryland and took part in the Revolutionary War, Mr. Younger was born in Liberty, Clay Co., Missouri, December 10th, 1831, a son of Coleman and Eleanor Younger. His father served in the Missouri Legislature and in 1850 came to California by way of Mexico. After settling in this State he gave his attention to agriculture raising short-horn cattle, and died here at the age of 81 years of age.

As a boy Charles attended private schools. At the age of six he was placed under a tutor in in Latin, his father deeming it essential that a lawyer should be versed in that language.

In 1848 he entered St. Joseph’s College at Bardstown, Ky., and in 1850 became a student at Danville, Ky., from which he graduated in 1853. Subsequently he engaged in study of law with Joseph F. Bell, of Danville, Ky. In 1854 Mr. Younger was admitted to practice as a lawyer in the courts of Kentucky.

Coming to California Mr. Younger settled in San Jose, where his father was a resident. Opening an office in that city, he remained there until 1871[?], and in the meantime also practiced in Santa Cruz, but the climate of the latter city proved so satisfactory that he determined to establish himself here permanently. Since April of 1857 he has had an office in Santa Cruz and has been connected with some of the most important legal cases of the county, besides acting as legal representative of the railroad companies during recent years.

October 16th, 1858, the first overland mail stage via El Paso and Los Angeles arrived at San Jose, which was the furtherest telegraph station south of San Francisco, Mr. Younger, who was then editing the San Jose Tribune sent to the Alta California of San Francisco the first telegram announcing the arrival at San Jose of the overland mail stage, and this telegram gave the San Franciscans an opportunity for celebration on the arrival of the stage in that city.

In his practice Mr. Younger is keen, shrewd and careful; a constant and thoughtful student of the highest legal authorities of the age, and a believer in the principles of law and practice as laid down by Blackstone, Coke and others. In his addresses and private conversation a quaint and quiet humor is noticeable, while at the same time he is logical and possesses fine reasoning faculties. He has one of the finest libraries in the coast region.

March 27th, 1873 [i.e., 1872], Mr. Younger married Jennie H. Waddell, who was born in Lexington, Missouri, and who came to California in 1860, with her father, W. W. Waddell, sho was a large timber merchant in Santa Cruz Co. One of her brothers is a teacher in Santa Clara College. Mr. and Mrs. Younger have two children, Charles B. and Helen.

At the time of the incorporation of the Pacific Av. railroad Mr. Younger became a stockholder in the same and also a stockholder in the banks, besides taking part in other movements for the benefit of the city. He assisted in the founding of the Santa Clara Valley Agricultural Association and for a number of years officiated as secretary of the board.
Since coming to Santa Cruz he has made various investments in real estate and still owns a considerable property, portion of which is improved.

It is to such progressive men as he that Santa Cruz owes the advancement it has made in enterprises of moment and of permanent value to the city.

as of 10/28/96
AUTHOR Younger, Charles B., 1831-1907.
TITLE Correspondence of Charles B. Younger Sr. and Charles B. Younger Jr., Santa Cruz, California attorneys and counsellors at law / transcribed and indexed by Stanley D. Stevens.
Santa Cruz, Calif. : Hihn Archive, University Library, University of California, 1996-

v. ; cm.

Library has: v. 1-5.
NOTE(S) Includes index.
SUBJECT(S) Younger, Charles B., 1831-1907.

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