Born on August 27, 1909, in Woodville, Mississippi, Young soon moved to Algiers, across the river from New Orleans. His mother was a Creole who taught school; Young's
father, Willis Handy, whom Young hardly knew, was an itinerant musician. Young grew up during the period in New Orleans when
From Young, Lester Biography: Contemporary Musicians
Christian Science Monitor (1908-Current file) - Boston, Mass.
The first "telegraphone" in the state has been installed here by the Louisiana
Railway & Navigation Company. These instruments permit the use of telegraph lines for telephone purposes.