Biography of Omer Romanes Young
An extensive clientele attests the ability of Omer Romanes Young in the practice of law, to which he has devoted his attention since 1915, and he now ranks with the leading representatives of the Miami bar.
He was born on a farm near Hartville, in Wright county, Missouri, October 16, 1883, his parents being Jackson Davis and Sarah Ann (Smith) Young, the former a native of Tennessee and the latter of Illinois. In young manhood the father went to Missouri, settling in Wright county, where he devoted his attention to farming and stock raising, in which he won a gratifying measure of success. In 1892 he removed to Ardmore, where be resided until 1907, when he established his home in Norman in order that he might give his children better educational advantages, and is still living there, while the mother also survives. He stands high in his community, being recognized as a public-spirited and progressive citizen whose influence is ever on the side of advancement and improvement. In religious faith he is a Baptist, and his political allegiance is given to the Republican Party.
Reared upon a farm, Omer R. Young attended the public schools of Missouri and Oklahoma to the age of fifteen, when he entered business-life as a clerk in a store at Velma, Oklahoma, filling that position for five and a half years. Going to Dallas, Texas, he completed a course in a business college there and then returned to Velma, where he remained for a year.
He next became principal of a school at Norman and then pursued a two years’ course in science and art at the University of Oklahoma, which was followed by a year’s study of law and a similar period devoted to medical work in that institution. He completed his legal training in the Oklahoma Law School at Oklahoma City in 1915. Winning the LL. B. degree, and during the seven and a half years which he spent in Norman and also while a resident of Oklahoma City he conducted a cleaning and pressing establishment, thus providing the funds necessary to complete his education.
He was admitted to the bar on the 10th of November, 1915, and engaged in practice in Oklahoma City in association with F. Young, now connected with the insurance commissioner’s office there, and this relationship was maintained for two years. In 1917 Mr. Young opened an office in Miami and has since successfully followed his profession here, engaging in general practice but devoting considerable attention to that branch of jurisprudence pertaining to titles and abstracts, in which he is a recognized authority. He is an able lawyer and his careful analysis enables him to correctly apply his legal learning to the points at issue. He has won many verdicts favorable to the interests of his clients, and his practice is steadily increasing in volume and importance.
At Oklahoma City, on the 25th of August, 1915, Mr. Young was united in marriage to Miss Lillian A. Alexander, a native of Tennessee and a daughter of C. W. Alexander, a pioneer building contractor of Norman, Oklahoma. Mrs. Young is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, in which she pursued a course in music, and previous to, her marriage engaged in teaching in this state. To Mr. and Mrs. Young have been born three children Mona Lone, Omer R., Jr., and Wanda Marie.
Mr. Young is a republican in his political views and in 1917 was the republican nominee-for the office of county attorney. On August 1, 1922, he was nominated for county judge on the republican ticket. In religious faith he is a Methodist. Fraternally he is identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and the Woodmen of the World, and he is also connected with the Ottawa County and Oklahoma State Bar Associations and American Bar Association.
For diversion he turns to fishing and swimming. He is a member of the Miami Chamber of Commerce. During the World war Mr. and Mrs. Young were active in support of the various Liberty Loan drives and other war measures, and he was also a member of the legal advisory board and the local Council of Defense.
Starting out in life empty-handed, his laudable ambition and spirit of determination have enabled him to overcome all obstacles and difficulties in his path and work his way steadily upward.
He is yet a young man and his natural talent and acquired ability are bringing him steadily to the front in his profession, while his personal qualities are such as to win for him the high regard and esteem of a large circle of friends.