In the early 1900s, Thomas Burton Young set up a number of businesses in Summerland.
Young was born in McGregor, Man. in 1885 and moved to Summerland in 1905. He was involved in machinery, trucking, evaporating and the frozen food business.
His first business venture was as a teamster. At the time, he had three teams of horses and was responsible for clearing much of the land in Summerland.
In 1918, he opened a trucking business. He also operated a machinery and implement shop and a corn and feed store.
In 1911, Young rented a building in what is now downtown Summerland from Judge Wellington C. Kelley, for a Flour and Feed store. By 1912, he had purchased the building from Kelley and expanded his facilities. Today, this site is Summerland’s Municipal Hall parking lot.
In 1943, Young started the Summerland Evaporating Co., on Henry Avenue. This was at the same site as the Flour and Feed store. The business employed 20 workers until a fire in 1946.
He also established the Frozen Food Lockers in Summerland in 1948.
In addition to his business work, Young was active in the community. He was a member of the Summerland Rotary Club, past master of the Summerland Masonic Lodge, president and captain of the golf club and president of the Board of Trade for two years.
Today, Young Street in Summerland is named in his honour.
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