| Charles E. Young was born in Shelby county, Indiana, February 6, 1859. In the fall of ’65 he came with his parents to Boone county, settling on a farm near Spickelpoint. The county being comparatively new, much was necessary in the way of clearing, fencing and putting in wooden ditches. He attended the district schools during the winter, the term ranging from 60 to 80 days. The first school he attended was in district 7, Harrison township, in a log house, with dirt floors and stick chimney, each patron providing a bench or seat for his children.|
In 1878 he began teaching in his home and has taught school continuously since, with the exception of two years. He is one of the first teachers in the county exempt from examination. In 1882 he entered the State Normal school and completed three years work in that institution.