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Youngs General Store - The Apostrophe Debate

Posted by madrugada52 on September 20, 2012 at 10:05 PM

- submitted by jim g. young

 

Yes that’s Youngs – with no apostrophe. It is not a typo, nor is it a mistake. I once heard that a lot of thought and many discussions around the kitchen table went into the decision of whether or not there should be an apostrophe in the name and if so, where it would be.

As a possessive, one might think there should be an apostrophe as in “Young’s General Store”.

As Youngs General Store was owned and operated by three members of the Young family, perhaps “Youngs’ General Store” would have been more grammatically correct.

So I wonder why the decision was finally made to exclude the apostrophe from both “Youngs General Store” and later “Youngs IGA”.

William Young was a carpenter/contractor by trade, having given up farming. Perhaps he envisioned a difficulty in hanging an apostrophe in mid-air for signs he would later build such as the one you can see on the rooftop of a photo of the first Youngs IGA building in the photo gallery.

http://youngsgeneralstore.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=165689016

I wish I had thought to ask the question when my father, uncle and grandfather were all still alive.

Perhaps we’ll never know.

Or maybe a visitor here may have some insight on this subject that he or she is willing to share with us.

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