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Russell Peter Young

Russell Young, 1927

Russell Peter Young was born on 08 Sep 1905 in Arkansas, the son of David and Priscilla Young. David was an evangelist minister and the family moved frequently. Their children were born in Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Arkansas, and Texas. Russell was the middle child of seven. His siblings included: Harrold, Melvin, Valleda, Rosetta, Willie, and Celoya. He graduated from Sumner High School, Kansas City, KS, in 1925.

One 04 Jun 1926, he entered K-State following the general science course of study. He withdrew from school for a semester in Oct of 1926 "due to physical condition."

He lived in the Phi Beta Sigma Chapter House, 1020 Colorado, from 1926 through 1929. From 1930 onward he lived at 1101 Colorado.

He graduated from K-State on 01 Jun 1933 with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Science.

"After his graduation from K-State, Russell returned to Kansas City, KS and had aspirations of attending Medical School however something unknown prevented him from doing so. In approximately 1936 he moved to the Watts area in Los Angeles, CA and went to work for the Golden State Life Insurance Company where he continued to work for several years. He bought a duplex and lived in one side while renting the other to gain additional income.

"In 1945 he married his second wife Nikki (no known maiden name) of California, Russell had been married and divorced some years earlier. He built a new home and in 1960 Russell and Nikki took in two of Russell's early teen-aged great nephews, Larry and Steve Young. Approximately a year later Russell purchased a newspaper stand in downtown Los Angeles to give his great nephews work. Russell's family describes him as being from the "old school" and believed 'An idle mind is the devil's workshop.' Russell kept the newstand until his great nephews were both in college then he sold it.

"Russell became a minister in the Church of God in Christ denomination in 1955. during his time as a minister he served as a legal advisor to the pastor of his church. He was also a well versed saxophone player."
     Email received from Brother Randy Hopkins, 02 Jul 2007
     Information provided by: Larry Young (Los Angeles, CA) & Samuel M. Young (Kansas City, KS)

Russell Young died on 01 Apr 1983 in Los Angeles, CA.

Sources of Information:

K-State Transcript
K-State Directory, 1926-1928, 1930-1931
Royal Purple, 1927
1910 Census: Arkansas - Jefferson County - Pine Bluff Ward 4 - District 120
1920 Census: Kansas - Wyandotte County - Kansas City Ward 3 - District 159
1930 Census: Kansas - Wyandotte County - Kansas City - District 11
Social Security Death Index