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Roy Youngblood, present assessor of Sidney Township, is a progressive young business man of that village. He began his career with limited capital and from employment by others has worked into a profitable business of his own.
He was born at Sidney, Illinois, December 23, 1880, and is a son of William H. and Savilla (Lucas) Youngblood. His father was born in Logansport, Indiana, and his mother in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. His father, who is still living at Sidney, is an honored veteran of the Civil War. He served almost throughout that great conflict, part of the time in the Thirty-fifth and part of the time in the Twenty-fifth Illinois Infantry. As a result of the explosion of a caisson he became totally blind. He and his wife had six children: James, of Normal, Illinois; Anna, wife of William Eaton, of Sidney; Elizabeth, wife of T. L. Dalton, of Sidney; Howard, of Sidney; Grace, deceased; and Roy.
Roy Youngblood grew up in his native village, attended the local schools, and after finishing a course in the Indianapolis Business College in 1900 he returned to his home town and became assistant cashier and bookkeeper in the State Bank. He served faithfully in that capacity four years and then made an opportunity for a business of his own as a restaurant proprietor. He conducts a model establishment and has a fine trade.
On September 26, 1906, Mr. Youngblood married Leslie Yeazel, a native of St. Joseph Township of Champaign County. Mr. and Mrs. Youngblood have three children: Mary, Milton and Mildred, the latter two twins. Politically Mr. Youngblood has always acted in the Republican Party and is influential in its councils. Besides his present office BS township assessor, in which he is serving his second term, he is an alderman of the village, and was formerly village treasurer. In fraternal matters he is a Mason.