YOUNG, ANNA VIOLA (OLA) - Gila County, Arizona | ANNA VIOLA (OLA) YOUNG - Arizona Gravestone Photos

Anna Viola (Ola) YOUNG

Young Cemetery
Gila County,

b. 15 July 1869 1869 Smithville, Clay and Platte, Missouri
d. 10 Oct.1966 Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona

After the Pleasant Valley War, the Young family took over the land owned by the Grahams.

Ola was the first school teacher in Pleasant Valley and began the first Post Office. When the US Post Office officially recognized her post office they would not allow the name Pleasant Valley because it was already in use. So the post office and small town was named Young, after Ola. She continued as the Postmistress for over 50 years.

Ola and her sister Betty continued to own the land that was then the center of town for Young into their old age. When they grew too old to handle their affairs as they needed, they gave the deed for the property to a cousin. He proved to be a ne'er-do-well and gambled away the property.

The two sisters had to move to Phoenix and live with a niece where they died in poverty.

They were originally buried in the Greenwood Cemetery in Phoenix. In 1994, a great-niece and her family, the Walkers, had their bodies moved to the Young Cemetery.

Contributed on 3/4/09 by goldwing.traveler
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Record #: 66065

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Submitted: 3/4/09 • Approved: 5/14/18 • Last Updated: 5/17/18 • R66065-G0-S3

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