Pioneer Profiles : Y

Yardley, A.

Yardley came to Calgary in 1885. He was a builder and member of the Calgary Board of Trade.


Yarlett, Henry

Henry Yarlett came to Calgary in 1889. He was an undertaker.


York, Arch

Mr. York was recorded as a member of the Calgary Odd Fellows Lodge in 1886.

2004 Addendum.

Youmans, James A.

James Youmans was the principal of the McDougall Orphanage in 1887. The orphanage was intended to be a hospital on the Mission site at Morley. An annual grant of $700.00 was obtained and twenty children attended in 1886.

Merged with 2004 Addendum. Ref: Big Hill Country, p. 90.

Young, David Jackson

Mr. Young came with his parents to Regina in 1884 and as a young man came to Calgary and worked for the Calgary Herald. In 1896 he opened a stationery and music store on 8th Avenue where the Hudson Bay store now stands.


Young, Edward Spencer

Edward Young came west in 1890. He was at one point at Irricana. He was born in England and died at Calgary in 1936.


Young, George Thomas

George Young walked into Calgary with a government survey party in 1882 with Otto Klotz who was the engineer in charge. They camped near Fort Calgary. He later moved to Victoria, B.C.


Young, James

James was born at Hythe, Kent, England in 1844. Originally, he farmed in the area of Ingersoll, Ontario. In 1875, he returned to England and married Maria Elliot (Lily) Mackey, who was born there in 1849. James and his brother (William James) came to west in 1886 and purchased land north of the Elbow River in the Calgary Springbank area. Their families came later in November of that year. They brought with them, on the train, all their household articles such as furniture, utensils, and in addition - farm machinery, tools and livestock. James died at Springbank in 1921 and Lily died at Harlon, Saskatchewan in 1934. They had six children.

Merged with 2004 Addendum. Ref: Big Hill Country, p. 567. Chaps and chinooks : a history west of Calgary. Volume 1 p.223. Additional research by JFR.

Young, John J.

Mr. Young came to Calgary as an editor and entrepreneur. He and his partner C.A. Magrath paid $15,000 for the Calgary Herald in 1894, and brought it back to life. Young was only 27 when he bought the Herald, and had previously edited the Regina Leader and Moosomin Spectator, as well as owning three small Saskatchewan papers. He sold these to pay for his new Calgary venture. J.J. Young moved to Vancouver where in 1923 he died at age 56.


Young, Robert

Robert Young, born in 1860 at Hamilton, Ontario, homesteaded on Sheep Creek four miles east of Okotoks in 1883. In an 1898 blizzard, his hands were frozen and were amputated with hooks installed. He farmed until the early 1930's when he rented his land, but continued to live in his home. He did not marry. In 1936 he froze to death at his farm.

Merged with 2004 Addendum. Ref: SAPD & Glenbow files.

Young, R.H.J.


Said to have been at Calgary in 1885 and farming.


Young, Thomas

In 1888 Thomas Young emigrated to Canada and settled on land near Springbank where he raised his family and farmed until 1916. He was born at Hythe, Kent, England in 1856 and died at Victoria, B.C. in 1946. In 1891 at Springbank, he married Helen Choate, who died in 1898 at Calgary after suffering ill health for several years. In 1906 he married his second wife, Elizabeth Ann Wilkinson, who was born at Marple, Cheshire, England in 1875 and died at Victoria, B.C. in 1974. There were three children, Eric, Victor and Eva.

Researched by Clarence Davis

Young, William

William and Mary Young came to the Springbank area in 1886. William purchased the S1/2 21-24-3-W5th and the W1/2 20-24-3-W5th, and in 1902 purchased the Mickle place also operating the store and post office until 1923. William was born at Hythe, Kent, England in 1852 and died at Calgary in 1933. In 1878 at Ingersoll, Ontario he married Mary Bourne, who was born at Coburg, Ontario in 1850 and died at Springbank in 1903. They had seven children.


Young, Zina

Zina Young was the daughter of Brigham Young. and married Charles Card in 1884. She came to Alberta 1889 with her husband. She used money from her father's estate to found many early Cardston projects such as, church buildings, a two storey high school and a cheese factory.

2004 Addendum.


Mr. Yuill came to Medicine Hat in 1885 and operated a contracting business.

2004 Addendum. Ref: Early History of Medicine Hat Country p. 38-40.