The Life of Jacob Young

Jacob Young - Civil War Veteran - Fire Chief - Hotel Owner

Jacob Young was born in Philadelphia in 1846 to Mr. & Mrs. George Young.

During the Civil War, Jacob served in two units: Co. D, 44th Pa. Militia Regiment, from July to August 1863, and in Co. H, 183rd PA. Infantry Regiment, January to October 1864. He was wounded at the Spotsylvania Court House on May 12, 1864.

Jacob served as chief of the Atlantic City Fire Department from 1891 to 1893. Mr. Young resigned a month after his second election to a two year term on March 1, 1893, and then moved to Clifton Heights, Pa. where he purchased the Clifton Hotel (was located on the corner of Diamond St. and Baltimore Ave. in Clifton Heights, Delaware County, Pa.). A few days after his resignation the following article appeared in the newspaper:

Chief Young to Resign

"Owing to ill health, Chief Engineer Jacob Young has removed to Clifton Heights, Pa., where he purchased the Clifton Hotel. The price paid was $20,000. He will take possession about March 6th. Mr. Young's removal from the city will leave a vacancy of Chief Engineer in the Fire Department. He will send in his resignation the coming week and already there are a number of candidates for the position. Mr. Young has been a popoular Chief Engineer of the Fire Department and was re-elected only a few weeks ago."

On March 25, 1896 he was elected one of the five directors of the newly founded Clifton Heights Fire Protective Association No. 1.

Jacob Young passed away on March 31, 1900.

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