Adele and Dale Young Child
Adele Christensen Young's philosophy, "Onward and upward and never look back," served her well for years until her death in 2009. She was born and reared in Brigham City, Utah, the youngest daughter of Mary Eskelsen and James P. Christensen. She attended Box Elder High School and was active in drama, dance, and athletics, graduating in 1938. Her two older sisters, Jewell and Ruth, attended Utah State Agricultural College, and Adele followed the family tradition, graduating in 1942 with a bachelor's degree in Child Development and Education and a minor in Art. Her love of children and a favorite aunt who taught school influenced her to choose this major. While in college, Adele was also active in Dance and Spurs (the sophomore women's honorary). World War II was underway when Adele graduated from college in 1942. She met her husband Dale W. Young at the USAC - they were married in Texas. While Dale was overseas in the military for two years, she returned to Brigham City and worked as the Deputy County Clerk.
After the war she taught second grade in Logan while her husband worked on a master's degree at Utah State Agricultural College. Through the years, Dale's career in agricultural chemical research took them to College Station, Texas, with the USDA, Iowa State University for a PhD, New Jersey, New York, Kansas, and finally back to Utah. Adele taught school in Texas, Iowa, New Jersey, and New York.
Adele thoroughly enjoyed living in various parts of the United States. Dale's career permitted them to travel extensively throughout North America, Europe, and the South Pacific. Adele enjoyed these trips because she could absorb the sights and the culture while Dale worked.
Adele loved teaching. After she retired she would sometimes stand at the front door watching the children go to school, and occasionally shed a tear because she was not going, too.
Adele used her college minor in art to give to others. She had a special talent for arranging flowers and regularly furnished bouquets for weddings, churches, civic meetings, and other special occasions from flowers grown in their garden. She played the piano and enjoyed oil painting. Some of her paintings have gone as far afield as Japan. Adele was also involved with various civic organizations, a commitment that began in New York with the Red Cross organization. Locally, she was an integral part of fundraising for the Heritage Theater in Perry, Utah, a volunteer community theater that brings wholesome family entertainment to Northern Utah.
Dale W. Young, an agriculturalist, made his mark in the world and at home. For example, shortly before his wife, Adele’s, death, they gave the city of Perry, Utah a substantial acreage to develop into a nature park and recreational area for families. Dale was born and raised in Perry, a son of Rose Atkinson and Wallace Young. He graduated from Box Elder High School in Brigham City, Utah, served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in eastern Canada, and spent four years in the Army. He earned his bachelor's degree in 1942 and master's in 1948 in Agronomy from Utah State Agricultural College and PhD in 1953 in Chemistry and Plant Physiology from Iowa State University at Ames, Iowa. His dissertation was titled Translocation of Organic Solutes in Plants.
Dale worked in agricultural chemical research, which took him to various parts of the country and the world through employment with the federal government and various chemical companies. He discovered and developed new chemicals to control insects, weeds, and diseases of plants when he was affiliated with the large United States, German, and Japanese chemical companies. Dale worked with Rohm & Haas, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Hooker Chemical Company in Grand Island, New York; Chemagro (a division of Bayer of West Germany) in Kansas City, Missouri; Gulf Oil Chemicals Company in Overland Park, Kansas; and the Otsuka Chemical Company (Osaka, Japan) in Overland Park, Kansas.
Some of the chemicals he developed were Sencor (exported to China in 1986) to control large seeded broadleaf and grassy weeds in broadleaf crops such as soybeans and potatoes ("controlling broadleaf weeds in grasses is easy; controlling broadleaf weeds in broadleaf crops is difficult"); Mirex, an ant bait; Carbyne, a herbicide to control wild oats in wheat and barley; and Sineb, a fungicide that also controls rust mite in citrus. He received a cash award for discovering Zine b, a feat considered impossible by other scientists.
The Texas State Chamber of commerce honored him as the Outstanding Young Texan for 1951 for developing a chemical to control mesquite, a weed tree.
Prior to his death in 2010, Dale’s hobbies included growing a variety of fruit to share with neighbors and friends. For years, he also grew and tended a large variety of flowers for Adele so that she always had flowers blooming (pussy willows and daffodils in the early spring to mums in the late fall) to arrange into bouquets for weddings, churches, and civic meetings.