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Alfales Young

Birthdate: (66)
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT, USA
Death: March 31, 1920 (66)
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Son of Brigham Young, President of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and Eliza Young
Husband of Ada Lydia Cottle
Father of Alfales Burgess Young; Stuart Mill Young; Percival Young and Marshall Young
Half brother of Elizabeth Young; Vilate Decker; Apostle Joseph Angell Young; Mary Ann Young; Apostle Brigham Young, Jr. and 50 others

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About Alfales Young

"..Alfales Young (October 3, 1853– March 31, 1920) is the only son of Brigham and Eliza Burgess Young. He graduated from the University of Michigan law school in 1877. In 1884 he married Episcopalian Ada Cottle,who taught at St. Marks School in Salt Lake City..."

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"...The only child of Brigham and Eliza Burgess Young, Alfales Young was born in Salt Lake City on October 3, 1853. He was educated at the family school, and in his early teens he drove a team with his younger half-brother, Don Carlos, hauling construction materials for the Salt Lake Tabernacle and public works. By the late 1860s he was living with his mother in Provo, Utah. When Brigham Young gave his sons an opportunity to study in the East, Alfales enrolled at the University of Michigan, from which he was graduated in 1877 with a degree in law. In the midst of trying legal difficulties in 1876 brought on by unscrupulous efforts to harass him, Brigham Young wrote to Alfales, "it would be very pleasing to us if at the present time you had finished your course of studies and had been admitted to the bar, for you could materially help me in the numerous vexatious suits that are being brought against me to rob me of my property." Upon returning to Utah, Alfales was admitted to the Utah bar in the Third Judicial District. In 1878 he was one of the litigant heirs in the settlement of his father's estate. However, his practice of law in years that followed was minimal, as he devoted most of his remaining life to editorial work with three Utah newspapers-the Salt Lake Democrat, the Salt Lake Herald, and the Deseret News. "Some of the strongest editors in the West are found in Salt Lake City," noted the Omaha Herald in 1885; "among them are . . . Alfales Young of the Democrat, who . . . is one of the brightest and most promising young journalists in this part of the country."

An avid reader, Alfales had an extensive private library and, in addition to the general knowledge of his profession, was well versed in botany and ornithology. A nephew, Mahonri Young (the talented Utah sculptor), having spent many boyhood days in his uncle's home, attributed much of his own learning and refinement to the influence he received there. Mahonri noted that Alfales's interests were more centered in literature than in law and recalled that though his uncle and aunt never corrected him in the use of language, "I was always in the presence of English intelligently and grammatically used."

On April 16, 1884, Alfales married twenty-two-year-old Ada Cottle, a talented Episcopalian schoolteacher who was teaching at St. Marks School in Salt Lake City. To this union were born four sons. After twenty years' service as telegraph editor of the Deseret News, where he was known among his colleagues for his diligence and punctuality, Alfales Young died in Salt Lake City on March 31, 1920, at sixty-six years of age...."


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Alfales Young's Timeline

October 3, 1853
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT, USA
March 22, 1885
Age 31
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
June 18, 1890
Age 36
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake , Utah, United States
July 6, 1892
Age 38
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
October 9, 1897
Age 44
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
March 31, 1920
Age 66