Linda Garrett, the office manager at the Heritage House of Orange recently received a box of books and an interesting note that accompanied them.

Opening the box, Garrett discovered that the books are five diaries written by Don L. Young Sr. The diaries were written between Jan. 1, 1950 and Sept. 19, 1956. They are a record of the life of an Orange family with entries ranging from church to rodeo. They are hard backed diaries from the Daily Reminder Company and are in excellent shape and neatly written in green ink.

Young was a native of Killbuck, Ohio and had moved to Orange in about 1948. The family consisting of his wife Elda, three daughters and two sons had lived at Harrison Court, 10th Street, and Dyson Court in the time covered in the diaries. At the time of Young’s death his address was given as 609 Greenbriar St. in Orange

They were members of First Christian Church of Orange, and had participated in various activities and on committees at the church.

Young had been employed by the local American Bridge, U.S. Steel Division plant as a metallurgist.

At the time of Young’s death in Mar., 1968, he was survived by his wife; daughters, Mrs. Gilbert Tompson of Akron, Ohio, Mrs. Robert Winney of  Orange and Bernice Young of Houston; and his two sons, Don L. Young Jr. of Pawling, N. Y. and Richard A. Young of Deweyville.

The note that accompanied the diaries was from Carol Cheshire of Park Place Books of Dallas. The note explained that they were sending the books to the Heritage House in the hopes that a surviving family member could be found that would possibly want them or that the museum could find a place for them as an interesting part of life in Orange at that time.

“We hope that by publicizing the fact that we have these diaries that we may find a family member or perhaps someone who may know the whereabouts of a family member. If no one can be found we will keep these diaries in our archives, they are a wonderful glimpse of life in Orange in the fifties”, said Garrett.

Garrett may be contacted at the Heritage House office, 409-886-5385, or by email at: