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John S. Taylor (1924)

BENNETT, TAYLOR, VALENTINE

Posted By: Eileen Reed
Date: 4/8/2020 at 08:28:39

The Winterset News
Winterset, Iowa
Thursday, October 16, 1924
Page 1, Column 4

DEATHS OF THE WEEK

John S. Taylor

John S Taylor, many years a resident of Madison county, and business man of Winterset, died at his home in Des Moines last week Mr. Taylor was over ninety years old.

Mr. Taylor came to Madison county in an early day. He was married to a sister of Derrick Bennett. He was a great lover of horses and was always a conspicuous figure at the county fair. For many years he owned a large livery barn in the town. Mr and Mrs Taylor moved to Des Moines years ago. A large number of Madison county people from Madison township and Winterset attended the funeral in
Des Moines.
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The Winterset Madisonian
Winterset, Iowa
Thursday, October 16, 1924
Page1, Column 4

JOHN S. TAYLOR DEAD

Was Early Settler Here and Prominent in Early Life of Community.

John S. Taylor, for many years a resident of this community, died at his home in Des Moines on last Sunday, at the age of 89 years and 8 months. While Mr. Taylor had made his home in Des Moines since 1884, his business interests identified him with Madison county for many years afterward, and he retained the friendship of his early associates here during the remainder of his lifetime.

Mr. Taylor’s early life was prominently identified with the affairs of this county. Not only was he an active, successful man of business, but he was endowed with a personality that made him a welcome guest wherever people were assembled. He came to Madison county in 1855 with a load of freight for the J. G. Vawter store. For a number of years he operated a freight train between Winterset and Omaha and Denver, teaching school in the winter months. In 1865, he gave up freighting to engage in farming and stock raising. In 1872 he moved to Winterset to engage in the mercantile business under the firm name of Pitzer and Taylor. In 1861 he married Miss Etna Bennett, whose parents, Mrs. and Mrs. Jacob Bennet, were among the country’s early settlers.

He was prominent in Masonic circles, belonging to both the commandery and the consistory in Des Moines, but he retained his blue lodge membership in Evening Star lodge in Winterset.

Surviving members of his family area a sister, Mrs. John Valentine of Casey and a nephew, John S. Taylor of Des Moines.
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The Winterset Madisonian
Winterset, Iowa
Thursday, October 16, 1924
Page 1, Column 4

J. W. Frankelberger, Leo Percival. Glen Foster and C. R. Peters attended the funeral of John S. Taylor, in Des Moines on Tuesday, representing Evening Star lodge of Masons, of which Mr. Taylor had been a member for more than fifty years.
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The Des Moines Tribune
Des Moines, Iowa
Monday, October 13, 1924
Page 18, Column 3

TAYLOR—John S. Taylor died at the home of his nephew, John S. Taylor, Forty-second street and Lynde road, Sunday morning. Funeral services will be held at Harbach’s funeral home Tuesday at 2 p.m., Adelphic lodge, A. F. and A. M. officiating.
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The Des Moines Tribune
Des Moines, Iowa
Monday, October 13, 1924
Page 7, Columns 4 & 5

OLD INDIAN FIGHTER DEAD

John S. Taylor, Pioneer to Be Buried Tomorrow.

John S. Taylor, 89 years old, an old Indian tighter and wagon train scout on the western plains, died at his home, Forty-second street and John Lynde road, yesterday.

At an early day when the pony express flourished and supplies were hauled by pack train to Denver. Mr. Taylor was made a captain by the government to enforce unity among the drivers on the perilous trail. With the passing of the wagon for the steam roads he engaged in farming near Winterset. In 1883 he moved to Des Moines.

Birdland drive, the district west of the state fair grounds and the neighborhood where the Taylor home stands, Forty-second street and John Lynda road, were all laid out by him.

His investments in city property made him wealthy. Much of this wealth was instrumental in assisting needy students.

He was lovingly known as "Uncle John."

There survives a sister, Mrs. John Valentine of Casey, and a nephew, John S. Taylor of Des Moines. Mrs. Taylor, sr. died eight years ago.

He was a member of the Evening Star lodge. A. F. & A. M., of Winterset, and of the commandery and consistory of Des Moines He also belonged to Za-Ga-Zig Shrine, holding the fourth membership.

Funeral services will be held at Harbach's tomorrow at 2 p. m., under the auspices of the lodge, Fordyce L. Van Hosen officiating. Burial in Glendale mausoleum.
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The Des Moines Register
Des Moines, Iowa
Monday, October 13, 1924
Page 1, Column 2

JOHNS. TAYLOR, PIONEER, DIES

Friend of "Buffalo Bill" Passes at 89.

John S. Taylor, 89 years old, for sixty years a resident of Iowa, died at his home, Forty-second street and John Lynde road, yesterday morning. He was a friend of Colonel Cody (Buffalo Bill) and in the early days operated caravan trains across the state. Mr. Taylor later was engaged in the livestock and farming industry on a large scale in and near Winterset until 1883, when he moved to this city.

For thirty years he resided at 746 East Walnut street, but nine years ago he moved to his home on Forty-second street and lived there until his death. For many years he was engaged in the buying and selling of large tracts of land, which he opened up in many sections of what now is the city of Des Moines.

Mr. Taylor was a member of the Evening Star lodge. A. F. and A. M., of Winterset and of the commandery and consistory of Des Moines. He held membership No. 4 in the Za-Ga-Zig Shrine organization here.

Mr. Taylor Is survived by one sister, Mrs. John Valentine of Casey, Ia., and a nephew, John S. Taylor of Des Moines, with whom he was making his home at the time of his death.

Funeral services will he conducted by Adelphic lodge of Masons in behalf of the Evening Star lodge at Harbach's funeral home at 2 p. m. tomorrow. Fordyce L. Van Hosen will officiate. Burial will be In Glendale mausoleum.
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The Des Moines Register
Des Moines, Iowa
Tuesday, October 14, 1924
Page 1, Column 5

TAYLOR FUNERAL AT 2 P. M. TODAY

Veteran Indian Fighter to Be Honored,

The funeral of John S. Taylor, Indian fighter and scout in pioneer days, who died at his home, Forty-second street and John Lynde road, Sunday, will be held today at Harbach's at 2 o'clock. It will be a Masonic funeral Fordyce L. Van Hosen officiating.

Mr. Taylor was made a captain by the government in early days to curb the disorderliness of drivers running the pack train to Denver. He farmed at Winterset after the coming of steam locomotives and moved to Des Moines in 1883.

He used the fortune which investments in city realty had made him to help needy students and in other benevolences,

He Is survived by a sister. Mrs. John Valentine, of Casey and a nephew, John S. Taylor, of Des Moines.

He was a member of the Evening Star lodge, A. F. and A. M., of Winterset and of the Des Moines Commandery and Consistory. He held the fourth membership in Za-Ga-Zig Shrine. Burial will be in Glendale mausoleum.

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