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Silas D. Young

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 398

    the twentieth child of Philip Young, whose family consisted of twenty-two children, was born east of Anna, September 11, 1837. Handicapped in the race of life with Mr. Ludwig by ten years he has never been able to overtake him. His youth was of the uneventful one of a farmer boy before machinery had lightened labor, and to be horny handed and horny footed was the rule not the exception as now. After amusing himself until twenty years old clearing land, burning logs and brush he concluded that he should take life more seriously, and with fear and trembling made a proposition to Miss Mary Jane Munch which was favorably considered and March 19, 1837, the double bow nuptial knot was tied. Mary was an orphan from birth as her father died before she was born and her mother also when Mary was six months old, so she never knew the care and fervor of parental love. Six children, all girls, blessed this union, four of whom are living, Ella, now Mrs. William Shuter, of Delaware; Minnie, now Mrs. John Manning, of Anna; Myrtis, Mrs. Richard Curtner, of Anna; and Berth, Mrs. Edward Zaigler, of Medina. When the Civil war broke out and President Lincoln called for troops, Silas, fired with patriotism so intense as to induce him to leave his wife, two small children and his home for the privations and perils of the tented field. Being the 20th child he enlisted in the 20th regiment on the eighteenth day of August, 1861 under Col. J. C. Fry, serving three years and one month.
At the hot fight at Champion Hills, Mississippi, though he sought protection of a tree, he could not entirely screen himself from a sharp shooter who seemed to have a desire to pick him off and
shattered the bark of the tree several times. Unfortunately a small buck shot struck the bridge of his nose at the corner of one eye passing through his nose. This "doused his glim" and for
two months he was in the hospital as blind as a mole. When he recovered he surgeon wanted to give him a ward in the hospital to superintend, but Silas demurred, as the buck shot put ginger into him and he vowed he would be revenged but was not pacified until after the battle, of Atlanta where he killed as many rebels as they did of him if not more. He did not go with Sherman to the sea and when his term of enlistment expired returned to the bosom of his family. In Cincinnati he was offered $1,500 to enlist again as a substitute but he deemed, that Mary Jane, whom he had promised to protect and who had been on the anxious seat of dire apprehension for three years and the two children had a prior claim and he was not to be diverted from its fulfillment. He is a live member of Neal Post of Sidney and few are the grand encampments that he and Mrs. Young have not attended and he stands at the head of the list or about there of the Red Chair
enterprises which have been in vogue for twenty years or more. Many years ago five chairs were presented to veterans or their widows in one day at the Kah house in Anna where 325 took dinner. Knowing that W. D. Davies, of Sidney, was billed to speak at Botkins, the soldier boys went to the station a few rods distant and called out Mr. Davies to the platform of a north bound car. When he appeared they kidnapped him and bore him to the Kah house where he became the orator of the day and sent word to Botkins that not today, but some other time he would be in Botkins and that they ought to have known better than to have started him out by way of Anna, filled as it was with buccaneers, without a guard.
    Few farms as so delightfully situated as their home place of seventy-three acres. The corporate limits of Anna have been extended until it embraces part of the farm, a cement sidewalk extends to his very door and with a few steps he can enjoy the delights of country life or the bustle of an embryo, city. This gives him polish on one side and the glow and appetite of rustic health on the other. When fourteen years of age he was converted joined the Methodist church and never got over it. He frequently led prayer meetings when in the army. Out of such sterling
material it would be impossible to fashion anything but a republican of fast colors and that is what Silas is, a shining example worthy to be followed.

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