Richard Whitehead & Minerva Richards Young : A Biography
Santa Cruz, Calif.
Barbara Young Brown
"This book is the second in a series of three family histories. The first was Your Affectionate Son, a biography of Joseph Angell Young and his four wives: Mary Ann Ayers, Athalia Elizabeth Grant, Margaret Whitehead, and Clara Federata Stenhouse. Your Affectionate Son was derived primarily from documents written about Joseph and his families, the times and places in which they lived, and the activities in which they participated. Because there was so very little available in their own words, the book provided little from a personal perspective. This second book in the series is the story of Minerva Richards and Richard Whitehead Young, the next generation. Both Dick and Nervie, the names by which they addressed each other, came from families who were significant in Mormon and Utah history and both were active participants among Salt Lake's leaders. In addition, Dick was a graduate of West Point and commanded first a battalion and then a brigade of Utah gunners during three wars. Throughout their lives, Dick and Nervie articulated their experiences in long, newsy letters, journals, and memoirs; local newspapers published many articles about their family's activities; and photography evolved from posed studio portraits to Brownie snapshots taken on the fly. Thankfully, their family preserved these all. For this second volume, therefore, we have a history of Dick and Nervie in their own words and well-illustrated." [From the author's introduction]