The Grave of S. Glenn Young

History, Mystery, and Hauntings of Southern IllinoisFrom History, Mystery, and Hauntings of Southern Illinois by Bruce Cline.

The grave of S. Glenn Young is located in Herrin City Cemetery, Herrin, Illinois. Pictured on the right, Young is buried in this concrete vault built by William Lough and sons. The casket was covered with between 18 to 20 inches of concrete and steel reinforcing on the top, bottom and sides.

The coroner’s report of O.A. Jenkins, Undertaker, stated that one bullet entered in right breast 2 1/2 or 3 inches below armpit. It ranged down and logged under the skin on left side 4 inches below left lower shoulder blade. Jenkins stated that he cut that bullet out. It was a .45 cal steel jacket bullet. The second bullet entered 2 1/2 inches below the other bullet. It took a straight course coming out the left side. Both bullets went through the heart. The bullet wounds were sufficient to kill. There was another wound on the little finger of the right hand as that a bullet had grazed it. It was about one inch long.

In the 1920’s the Ku Klux Klan supported prohibition. In 1923 the Klan began organizing in Williamson County, Illinois holding meetings attended by more than 5000 citizens. The Klan in Williamson County drew large community support. The Klan found a charismatic leader; S. Glenn Young, a former federal law enforcement officer. Federal authorities deputized the Klan to help enforce prohibition laws. Many public officials of Williamson County were allied with the bootleggers and were driven from office. They were replaced by Klan members. On Jan 24, 1925, Williamson County deputy sheriff (and bootlegger) and S. Glenn Young shot and killed each other in a cigar store in downtown Herrin, Illinois. S. Glenn Young was buried in full Klan regalia and had a funeral attended by over 15,000 people.

Copyright Bruce L. Cline, 2014. You do not have permission to copy this post.



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