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