Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on October 27, 1974 · Page 9
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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 9

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Sunday, October 27, 1974
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SECTION B and Photos by Rick Pewdergrass Each of t+ie four bedrooms now in use In the Young home Is filled with beds and chests, but someday, 1he' attic will be developed, along with some extra rooms downstairs. The upstairs 'rooms still need wallpaper and cornets. The one complete room is the "Red Room," which originally was designed as the parlor. It is the most lavish room of the house, with red carpets; drapes and furniture, mahogany walls and a chandelier. . Looking For A Little Elbow Room In Cane Hill The Young family -- all IS of them are working hard to restore the 1904 vintage Victorian mansion in Cane Hill. The home now sports 3 coat of yellow, paint on the upper half, with the old coat of faded blue on the bottom half. But with -some hard work and strong religious convictions, Young plant to make the home a veritable showpiece when he finishes the work. 'These kids have been a blessing to me Jutting from the attic roof is what different folks call a turret, widow's walk Of just balcony that provides a striking yi«W to ttie. north. . No matter how hard he has tried, Roy Young never has been able to find quite enough elbow room. Perhaps that's because he has 24 children. You sec, be can use all the space he can get. Which is the reason be bought the house at Cane Hill. The house: a 1904 Victorian mansion, now with 11 usable rooms; gingerbread adorniiig almost all exposed surface on the two-tone yellow and blue outside walls; a second-floor balcony and a gazebo which juts out of the attic roof; and one of the finest views from any front porch in the land. But the stately structure was left to the mercy of time some years ago as Cane Hill gradually diminished, and when Young bought the house last year and moved in with his wife and the 13 children left at home, simple living proved a challenge. NO HEATING SYSTEM First, there was no healing system, save a couple of fireplaces, in the entire building. The front porch floor and posts showed the ravages of weather and throughout the house walls and wallpaper were cracked and bowed, plaster f a l l e n , plumbing and electricity inadequate.- ; - '. But Young moved to Arkansas last year with trucks loaded with tools and equipment: plumbing material, carpets, wallpaper, paint, new furniture, electrical fixtures and more. He was a construction' subcontractor in East Liverpool, Ohio, before moving to Cane Hill when he became disabled and forced into medical retirement last year. He now walks painfully about the old house, slowly, as if his legs may fold under him at any time. The same disease, through heredity, assails several of his children and other relatives, but Young says his faith in God will get him and his kin through witli no worries. RELIGION DOMINATES In fact, the family's strong religious beliefs dominate their life. Young, a strong fundamentalist Pentecostal, refuses to allow a doctor to touch any member of his family; no medicines have been used in his 'home for 20 years. He also interprets the Scrip. hires to say that making or having any image of man is a sin. That includes photographs, so he would allow no photographs to be taken of himself, his wife or his children. In the Young home, one finds the children quiet and attentive, sitting in a row along the three epfas which frame the "second" living room of the mansion. The heating system hasn't been installed yet, so the room is warmed by a fireplace, fed from a stack of cordwood in the front yard. In the middle of the room Mr. and Mrs. Young sit in separate rockers, with a small rock- piano and an organ which some of the children play. Others read to the younger ones from the Bible and Bible stories, or from schoolbooks. Most of the children's time is taken up with studies. Young and the older boys work on the house. QUALITY WORK Much work remains to bs done before the house is completely restored, Young's ultimate goal. But what has been completed is quality work. The upper half of the house has been painted yellow with white trim for the gingerbread and scrollwork, eaves and railings. The bottom half remains the faded blue that one of the former owners inflicted upon the mansion in years past. The front porch, which wraps around the east and south sides of the bouse, has rotted through in most places and the porch rail is broken and gapped. But Young plans to complete the outside painting and rebuild the porch this year. In addition, he plans to - install a steam heating system in the house before winter. "Last winter it got kind of rough in here trying to keep warm," Mrs. Young said; "We had a big oil space heater, but the fumes was so bad we couldn't use it much." The family^' had to rely mainly on the crumbling fireplaces, which Young plans to rebuild this winter. .. The kitchen..-- possibly the- most important room in a home with that many children -- was the first room completed. Needless to say, it is roomy and efficient, something like a more cheerful military mess kitchen. The dining room is adjacent, with new wallpaper and a large table commanding a monopoly of the room. The "Red Room." which was once the parlor in the graceful days of Victorian splendor, is another world after seeing the unfinished parts of the house. Like the parlor · of old, the red room is used when guests come, seldom at other times. The fireplace has been plugged and the inside painted red, to match the red carpeting, red velvet. drapes and red velour sofa and love. seat. The room is paneled in dark wood and a glass chandelier, with red pieces throughout, hangs in the center of the room. MOUE LAND "This is the first time we've been able to find a house we like that's big enough," he said. "But there isn't enough land, so we may have to sell it when we finish the work, then move on to a place with more land. What I'd really like to do is buy a good sized piece of land and build a house myself." He figures with a profit from the Cane Hill mansion, mostly from work he and his family put into restoring the building, he would be able to buy the In the center of the family's living room, facing the fireplace, are the three places of honor: Mr. apd Mrs. Young's rockers, plus one for the youngest member of the' family. Behind the rockers ii Mrs. Young's sewing machine, in constant use for mending lorn clothing. rried about providing for the kids," he said. "I turned to the Lord 26 years ago. and put all my trust in him and he has never failed me." NOT PLANNED Mrs. Young, who has delivered 12 children without the help of a doctor or midwife (17 of the 24 children are hers, seven by Young's first wife, who died at an early age) said she never planned to have that many children --"it just happened that way." Young explained, "That's the work of the Lord. I don't question his ways or try to hinder his works." He paused, then added with a chuckle, "If I'd have known then that I was going to have 24 maybe I'd of shot myself. But I'm just joking. These kids have been a great blessing to me." The Young family enjoys a unique life in this quiet little village in the hills southwest of Fayetteville. No television, radio or stereo disturbs the calm necessary to raise that m a n y children in one home. The one completed room in the house, the lavish "Red Room," has a , family^ children and all. "1 figure that if they all kept up with me, I might have over 505 grandchildren some day," Young chuckled. "Now would'n't that be something? We could have our own town and live according to the Scriptures without any temptations."

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