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CHARLES F. TAYLOR, assistant superintendent of the Iowa State Sanitarium at Oakdale in Johnson County, was born and completed his medical education in Chicago, and had a general experience and training in surgery and in private practice before he came to the state institution at Oakdale.

He was born in Chicago, Illinois, September 22, 1891, son of Charles F. and Alice B. (Webster) Taylor, both of whom reside in Chicago. The Taylors are of Scotch-Irish and the Websters of English ancestry. The Websters have been in America for about 2 centuries. Charles F. Taylor was born in Ohio, which was also the native state of his wife. He has for many years been in the real estate and insurance business. The four children of the parents are: Mrs. Flora Marie Hufton, of Chicago; Mrs. Mary Webster Sawyer, of Chicago; Dr. Charles F. Taylor; and Dr. Ray H. Taylor, of Chicago.

Charles F. Taylor attended public schools in Chicago, graduating from high school in 1912, and paid part of his own expenses while in high school, working for individuals and business concerns, including the National Pxygen Company. In 1912 he entered the University of Chicago, where he took his pre-medical course and graduated with the B. A. degree in 1916. His last two years of medical college work were done in Rush Medical College of Chicago, from which he received the M. D. degree in 1918. He was still in medical school when America entered the World war and was put in the Thirteenth Hospital Unit and later sent to Camp Lincoln, at Springfield, with the Eleventh Regiment. Doctor Taylor was honorably discharged from the Government service in 1918 and completed his interne experience in the hospital of the Illinois Steel Company, where he was an assistant surgeon.

Doctor Taylor came to Iowa in 1919 and carried on a successful general practice at Parisburg until 1923. While there he acted as medical examiner for the city schools. He was put in charge of the General Hospital of the State Sanitarium of Oakdale in 1923, and since 1928 has had the official title of assistant superintendent. Doctor Taylor passed the Illinois State Medical Board in June, 1918, and was licensed to practice in Iowa in November 1919. He is a member of Johnson County and Iowa State Medical Societies, is a member of the state Sanitarium Association and secretary of the Mississippi Valley Sanitarium Association. He is a Republican in politics and is affiliated with the Masonic fraternity and Knights of Pythias.

Doctor Taylor married, November 8, 1917, at Chicago, Miss Harriett M. Sack. They are the parents of seven children: J. David, born in 1918, Charlotte Bernice, born in 1920, Richard Ray, born in 1922, Harriett Louise, born in 1924, Thomas Fletcher, born in 1926, Daniel Webster, born in 1927, and Philip Alan, born in 1928.

~ source: A Narrative History of The People of Iowa, Edgar Rubey Harlan, LL. B., A. M., Chicago and New York, 1931

~ transcribed and contributed by:  Debbie  Clough Gerischer, Iowa History Project