Dayton and Mina Young descendant families and their stories

Dayton and Mina Young's descendants

by: Charles Young

We grew up in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Most years Dad would take a picture of us children and send a picture Christmas card to relatives and friends. Mom would write a generic Christmas letter to go along with the card. We had no TV because Dad and Mom thought it was a waste of time, and many TV shows were immoral. We did have a radio. As children, we spent a lot of time playing outside, riding bikes, reading, and practicing the violin, piano, trombone, or other instruments.

There are 5 children in the family. One wishes to remain anonymous.

We attended Assembly of God churches during our growing up years -- Central Assembly of God for many years. Later Mom started up a couple of churches that had been closed. You can read about that in her life story.

In 1961 Dad drew up plans for an addition to the house and contracted people to do the work. One room of the house was made smaller by the addition of a hallway to the new part of the house. That became the laundry room. The old laundry room wall was knocked out to make a larger kitchen / eating area. The remodeled house included 4 bedrooms, bath and a half, study for Mom, and darkroom for Dad.

Visitors and Guests

Grandmother Young's Hockmeyer relatives came for visits from Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas on several occasions.

In May of 1952 Tekla Nelson Stenberg and her daughter Elizabeth Stenberg Parker came to visit. Elizabeth had 3 girls and a boy on the way.

In 1958, the summer after Grandmother Young died, Dorothy Stenberg Phipps came from near Huntsville and stayed with us for about 3 months. The attic was not finished, and we had put a lot of Grandmother Young's stuff up there. The place was a mess. Dorothy helped clean the place up. Then she went to stay with Helen for a while.

Greta Nelson Royal and family visited us a few times. Once was about 1962. Years later they overnighted with us as they were on their way to Florida to visit daughter Beverly.

Joyce attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma where she met her husband, Eric Von Fange. Joyce and her family live in South Carolina. Joyce is a talented writer and photographer. She writes articles about and submits photos of her Barbie dolls for a Barbie magazine. Eric was lighting director for the PTL Club for several years. He now owns The Lightsource, a TV and theater lighting company. Their sons work in the family business, and Daniel has his own computer programming business as well.

You can read more about the family in Joyce's Christmas letters from 1998 and 1999.

David 1997
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Dale attended Arkansas Tech in Russellville. Dale has lived mostly in Austin, Texas since about 1997. He has traveled to Romania, Hong Kong, and parts of Europe. Dale left Austin for a few years to live in Dallas, Texas and Fort Smith, Arkansas, and then returned to Austin.

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