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Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (Rochester, NY), December 17, 1923

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Leading citizens here pay tribute with gifts & congratulations galore.

Many well known Rochester men and women yesterday and Saturday called at the home of Chauncey Young, 771 Chili Ave., to congratulate him on his 89th birthday. Although retired from active business, Mr. Young is active mentally, makes flower gardens in their season and when the weather is cold, he finds enjoyment in reading a great deal. His daughter, Miss Lucilla, who lives with him, entertained a family gathering at dinner yesterday afternoon. Two other daughters, Miss Sarah and Miss Frances Young, were among those attending. The youngest of the guests was Chauncey Hart Young, great grandson of the host.

The piano in Mr. Young's home was covered with remembrances. Fruits, sweets and flowers gave the display an air of festivity. Callers were numerous. Messages by hand, mail and over the wires testified to memories of absent friends. Mayor C.D. Van Zandt wrote a letter for the occasion. Frederick Deinger, a long time friend, sent a gift by his son. Surrogate Seldon S. Brown wrote congratulations. Mrs. Edward Ellwanger sent a basket of fruit. Mrs. F. Harper Sibley brought her gift in person. RT. Rev. David Lincoln Ferris, D.D., suffragan bishop of Western New York, who never fails to write in time for the anniversary, sent a letter. Each year Mr. Young has calls from William A. Seward, William A. Hubbard, Joseph Farley, Martin Bristol and Charles F. Pond.

Among those who formerly remembered the day was Thomas Dransfield, once city clerk, who died recently. "I'll say 'good-by,'" Mr. Dransfield said, after his visit last year. "You'll probably be here next year, but I don't expect to be." Another habitual caller was Quincy Van Voorhis, who also has died since the last anniversary. Chauncey De Pew, former United States senator, who is six months older than Mr. Young sent a special delivery letter one year ago saying, "We're going to pass the century mark."

Congratulations come by wire each birthday morning, usually about 10 o'clock, from Mrs. E.E. Ayer of Chicago, cousin of Mr. Young and wife of the philanthropist who gave the Chicago museum to that city and provided with curios a room there which bears his name. When Mr. & Mrs. Ayer go about the world on their numerous tours, they write frequently to Mr. Young and send him views of various places they see, thus keeping him in touch with their journeys. Mrs. Ayer formerly was Miss Emma Burbank of Rochester.

Mr. Young has lived in Rochester since he was 7 years old. A son of Mr. John [Guinn] and Mrs. [Mary Calhoun] Young, early Rochesterians, he knows much of the city's history. His father was a member of a drug firm years ago, Winslow & Young. His mother was a daughter of Chauncey Calhoun, first [sic. --third] cousin of John C. Calhoun, the senator whose debate with Daniel Webster brought him lasting fame. This grandfather was a contractor, and constructed a shelter for a famous battleship at Sacket's Harbor that it might be preserved as a relic of the navy. Mr. Young has a cane made from the wood that was in the Man-of-War. He also has life-size portraits of his father and mother, painted in oil on wood. These are valuable as specimens of an art hard to find and are more than 100 years old.

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Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (Rochester, NY), December 17, 1923