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TAYLOR, William H. 1835-1896


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 2/24/2019 at 18:37:09

Another Old Settler Gone

W. H. Taylor, one of the old settlers and prominent farmers of this county, died at his home in Fairfield township on Saturday last after a short illness. Deceased, during his long residence in this county was one of its most enterprising and progressive citizens. He was public spirited and took an active part in all matters of interest to the community at large. He was the owner of a fine homestead and surrounded by an interesting and loyal family, was in the enjoyment of all the blessings necessary for his happiness and comfort. He was about sixty years of age at the time of his death. He was the father of County Superintendent Taylor, his only son, and two daughters, Mrs. Fred Wells, of Dairyville, and Miss Cora Taylor, a teacher in the New Hartford schools. The funeral services were held at the family residence on Tuesday. The Herald hopes to be able to publish a sketch of this useful man's life next week.

--The Grundy Center Herald (Grundy Center, Iowa), 5 March 1896, pg 5


A Brief Sketch of W. H. Taylor Deceased

William Henry Taylor was born Nov. 26, 1835, on the Isle of Wight, in the English channel. At the age of three years he was taken by his parents to Ontario, Canada, where he resided until he was nearly of age, excepting for a brief period when with his parents he resided in the state of New York. In the fall of 1856 he came to Grundy county, Iowa, being influenced to do so by his friend Jesse Wilson, who also came from Canada. Mr. Taylor's first avocation was that of a shoemaker, which trade he followed both in Canada and in this locality. The nucleus of the homestead which he leaves behind was purchased in 1854. In 1860 he was united with Elvira P. Royce, of Butler county, since which date the details of home life have occupied the attention of this couple at the old homestead. Four children blessed their home, three of whom together with his wife survive to mourn his departure. Mr. Taylor was baptised and united himself with the Advent Christian church in 1869. While he did not display so much zeal as many others yet his life bears testimony of a Christian character worthy of emulation. In local affairs of government he bore his share to benefit his community and establish justice, having held numerous minor offices of trust. He died at his home on Saturday, Feb. 29, 1896, at the age of 60 years, 3 months and 3 days. In this bereavement his family loses a devoted husband and a loving father, and his community an honorable and prosperous citizen and what the world would say a good man.

--The Grundy Center Herald (Grundy Center, Iowa), 12 March 1896, pg 4


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