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Richard Young was raised in Washington State, the second of nine kids in the family of a poor Minister - in today’s world having nine kids just about guarantees relative poverty. With his younger brother, Dave, Richard hunted and fished on the east side of the Cascade Range, mostly with the purpose of putting rabbit, venison, trout and pheasant on the table.
Richard followed his Dad into the ministry, studied in Canada and Texas, and in Dallas married his wife, now of 47 years, Beverly Tolson. In 1971 they went to India as missionaries. Their three children were born in India and Nepal, and then raised in Argentina, South America. The last 22 years Richard and Beverly have lived in Uruguay. Richard pastored congregations in these countries and taught Church History at two Seminaries.
Richard’s love for history and for Old West stories came honestly. Back during the Great Depression his maternal Grandfather had a successful gold-mining operation on the big bend of the Columbia River in Washington State, and he packed a Colt.
A wide interest in just about any kind of history led Richard to delve into the most famous attempted bank heist in Uruguay's history. For the past 10 years this investigation has been his pastime, and trips to the north of Uruguay, interviews with persons whose families were affected by the tragedy, as well as studies in literary sources have finally been put together in Richard’s new book, “The Last of the Apaches.”