Person:Fred Taylor (11)

Fred Wilson Taylor
b.14 Apr 1883 Cloud County, Kansas
m. 21 May 1874
  1. James William Taylor1875 - 1876
  2. Aurie Edna Taylor1876 - 1949
  3. George Alexander Taylor1878 - 1935
  4. Myrtle Sarah Taylor1880 - 1944
  5. Robert Lincoln Taylor1881 - 1947
  6. Fred Wilson Taylor1883 - 1960
m. 23 Dec 1908
  1. Maxwell D. Taylor1909 - 1978
  2. Lois Aurie Taylor1911 - 1997
  3. Ruby Arleen Taylor1915 - 1983
  4. Edwin Norvie Taylor1917 - 1990
  5. Norris Marvin Taylor, Sr.1921 - 1997
  6. Fred Taylor, Jr.1923 - 1988
  7. Virginia Clare Taylor1928 - 2011
Facts and Events
Name[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12] Fred Wilson Taylor
Alt Name[13] Fredric W Taylor
Alt Name[8] Fred Taylor
Gender Male
Birth[14][7][8][9][10][11][13] 14 Apr 1883 Cloud County, KansasTaylor Home Place
Alt Birth[6] 1885 Kansas
Residence[13] 1 Mar 1885 Summit Twp, Cloud Co, Kansas1 yr old w parents
Residence[8] 1 Mar 1895 Summit Twp, Cloud Co, Kansas12 yrs old w family
Residence[9] 1900 Summit Twp, Cloud Co, Kansaswith parents
Residence[8] 1 Mar 1905 Summit Twp, Cloud Co, Kansas
Marriage 23 Dec 1908 Buffalo Twp, Cloud Co, KansasMillirons Farm Home
to Anna Laura Millirons
Residence[10] 1910 Summit Twp, Cloud Co, Kansaswith wife Anna and Max - 7 mos
Other[10][17] 1910 See Fact Note US Census 1910
Residence[8] 1915 Buffalo Twp, Cloud Co, Kansas
Other[7] 12 Sep 1918 Cloud County, KansasWW I Draft Registration Military b
Residence[11] 1920 Center Twp, Cloud Co, Kansas
Other[11][18] 1920 See Fact Note US Census 1920
Residence[8] 1925 Center Twp, Cloud Co, Kansas
Residence[6] 1930 Concordia, Cloud Co, Kansas45 yrs old, wf Anna, 7 kids (Lois md next door), rents $20/mo, no radio, md age 24, laborer - odd jobs
Occupation? Farmer, Ice Plant worker
Residence? Cloud County, KansasAll his life
Other[6][19] 1930 Age 45 with wife Anna and all kids. Lois with husband next to them. US Census 1930
Death[15][16] 31 Jul 1960 Concordia, Cloud Co, Kansas
Burial[15] 4 Aug 1960 Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Concordia, Cloud Co, Kansas
Other? He had an uncle with the same middle name - Thomas Wilson Taylor 2 Special Note
Other? NMT - Known to me 9 Proof to Parent
Other? FWT 00001 Ahnentafel

PERSONAL INFORMATION: Had a full head of hair when he died, at age 72, in 1960. Most of his male descendants, especially through male descendants seem to keep most of their hair. Smoked a pipe with Prince Albert tobacco. Was a quiet man, but a sense of humor and a ready smile. Liked to tease the grandkids. Had three sons in World War II. Ed and Spud were overseas. Fred, Jr parachuted during D Day (June 6, 1944) and was taken as a prisoner of war from then until the Russians freed his prison in early 1945. Ed was involved in D Day, as well. Max served stateside.

When Fred died, in 1960, his children decided to give his 1941 Chevrolet car to his grandchild, Norris, Jr. (Riss), who was 16 at the time. In no time flat, Riss had put strategic "holes" in the muffler and lowered the front end. The car lasted about a year of teen-age driving before it blew a rod. Riss traded it in for salvage value plus $100 cash to buy a 1949 Chevy.

SCHOOL: A news article about their 50th wedding anniversay said he attended the Valley School.

ADDRESS IN TOWN: Fred Taylor, Jr's birth certificate in 1923 has their address as 113 West Eighth.

Noted they are living next to a Ada or Oda Hogue family. A step-daughter of George Taylor's married a Hogue later. By the way, they are farming the original Taylor Home Place during this time, so this is where they are.

PLEASANT HILL CEMETERY FAMILY PLOT LOCATION: Lot 24, Block 1. As you enter the cemetery from the north main entrance, turn left. The plot is a few "blocks" down. They are close to the north end. The stones are all footstones and somewhat hard to see, except for Alexander's. His is an "old-style" tall stone made out of sandstone or similar material.

FRED AND ANNA (MILLIRONS) TAYLOR BIOGRAPHY Son and Granddaughter of Kansas Pioneers in Cloud County, Kansas


Fred and Anna Taylor were the son and daughter of Kansas Pioneers. They lived to see the change in our culture from horse and buggy, horse and plow, to seeing man circle the earth.

Fred Taylor was a son of Edwin Maxwell and Hulda Sarah (Beaty) Taylor and was born on the Taylor Home Place, a farm near Concordia, Kansas on April 14, 1883. Anna Laura Taylor was a daughter of Alonzo Dolphus and Helen Ella (Johnston) Millirons and was born in the Millirons farm home, near Concordia, Kansas, on December 11, 1888.

They were married on December 23, 1908, in the Millirons farm home (the same house Anna was born in) in a week when it was reported that Wilbur Wright had broken his leg in an unsuccessful attempt to fly his "flying machine". Fred was 25 and Anna was 20. It was a double wedding. Fred and Anna and her sister Nellie (Millirons) and Robert Clemons were married in a double ring ceremony.

They had 8 children, and today, in 1996, I count 103 living descendants. The children were Max, Lois, Arleen, Ed, Norris, Margaret (Norris & Marg are twins), Fred, Jr., and Jeanne.

After their marriage, they moved back to the "Taylor Home Place" to farm, and Max and Lois were born there. I visited this site in the late 1970?s and it is truly a beautiful place. It was nestled in a small valley with a creek (White Creek) running through the middle of it. Their main crop was corn, and their main livestock was hogs, per Marjorie McBride.

The Taylor Home Place has been razed and the place where the buildings were are now part of the tillable acreage of the farm. Some members of the family have souvenirs (old-fashioned square nails) from this farm home framed.

The 19 "Teens"

Marjorie believed that it was after Lois was born, (1911), that Fred and Anna got their first car, a Reo.

In the same year (1911) that Lois Drury (Taylor) was born, Hulda Sarah (Beaty) Taylor, Fred?s mother, died. She died after a fall from her porch. She was living in Jamestown at the time. This was May 4, 1911. Edwin Maxwell had died on April 6, 1906, so none of Fred and Anna Taylor?s children ever knew their paternal grandparents. (To put this in perspective, Fred was the youngest of his family and Anna was the oldest of her?s) Edwin was 58 and died of apoplexy. He died while gardening. His daughter Myrtle was with him when he died. Huldah Sarah was 66 when she passed away.

Somewhere in this general time frame, Robert (Fred?s brother) came back from farming in the west (at Collier, Kansas) and took over farming the "Taylor Home Place" - he inherited the farm, and Fred and Anna took over farming the Millirons original homestead farm (the same place where they were married). Mom?s dad, A.D. Millirons moved to town and became mayor of Concordia. Robert Taylor farmed the "Taylor Home Place" until the 1920?s when he sold it, but continued to farm it as a tenant farmer until the 1940?s, according to Howard Blachley, his stepson. Thus, the "Taylor Home Place" was owned by the Taylor family for 50 years and farmed by the family for another 20 years. We don?t know for sure what happened to the place in Collier.

Fred and Anna farmed the Millirons home place until about 1918, when Anna?s brother, Walter, took it over. Arleen (Taylor) Nichols and Ed Taylor were born there in 1915 and 1917, respectively. They then bought a farm south of Concordia in the Newhope District. The Wesleyan Methodist Church, where the Taylor children went to Sunday School while they lived there, was standing in approximately 1980.

The 1920?s

The twins, Norris and Margaret, as well as Fred, Jr. (Uncle Spud) were born in the farm home south of Concordia in 1921 and 1923, respectively.

In about 1925, Fred and Anna lost the place due to bad crops and moved to town and lived near the County Fairgrounds. Fred worked for the ice plant and Anna worked at restaurants. As bad as things were in those days, my dad (Norris) says he doesn?t remember much said about money (or the lack thereof) - "life just seemed normal" - much to the credit of Fred and Anna. Jeanne, the youngest child, was born in town, in 1928, totaling 8 kids and 10 mouths to feed, in what to be pretty rough times. Fred and Anna were 47 and 42 in 1930.

The 1930?s

A.D. Millirons (Mom?s dad) died in 1931, and left what had been the original Johnston homestead, to Anna. (He inherited it from his wife, Helen Ella (Johnston) Millirons). This farm was about 10 miles south of town. So the family farmed that farm for about 5 or 6 years, although Fred and Anna still worked in town some. This farm was inherited with a mortgage on it, and soon, what with the depression and the dust bowl preventing good crops, they lost this farm, too. So, they moved back to town in about 1936 or 37 and rented a rooming house on 7th Street, where Anna cooked and rented rooms out and Fred went back to work for the ice plant.

Aunt Marg recalls that Fred and Anna and the younger kids were on the farm for about two years and then moved back to town. Max and Ed continued on at the farm and their younger siblings would hitchhike out to the farm on week-ends. Aunt Marg said the farming was still done with horses, no tractors. They grew both corn and wheat, and had some cows and hogs.

A.D. (Alonzo Dolphos) Millirons left the Milliron?s "home place" to Anna?s brother, Walter. I believe each of the other Millirons children got a farm, too, indicating that A.D., while he was "retired", and living back in town being mayor, was quite a wealthy man. However, Anna got the only farm with a mortgage on it, and subsequently lost that farm, the last one they owned.

The 1940?s

Within a few short years, though, they were back on a farm west of town on Highway 28 - probably before 1940. This was a rented farm - the first time they weren?t farming family land or land owned by them. They were living on this farm when World War II started and when Ed, Max, and Fred, Jr. ,went off to World War II.

Ed was in the Army, and I believe served in the European theatre. Fred, Jr., (Uncle Spud) was a paratrooper, and was captured by the Germans during the D Day invasion. He spent a little over a year in a prisoner of war camp.

Norris Jr. (that?s me!) was born in 1944 in a hospital. As near as I have been able to gather, from talking with my cousins and aunts and uncles, I was the first Taylor to be born in a hospital. All earlier members of our family were born at home.

I vaguely remember this farm. I remember that Granddad (Fred) had horses here, but I believe they were work horses, not riding horses. I remember one of my uncles hitching the horses up to a wagon and delivering or picking up something somewhere in that wagon (on an extremely cold day when I was absolutely freezing up on that wagon).

The 1950?s

They lived on this farm until sometime near 1950. At that time, they moved to a farm home on the highway to Beloit. They didn?t do any farming on this farm - Dad would have been in his late 60?s by then - they just lived in the home on the place.

I remember being able to hear the "howling" sound of a car on the asphalt for minutes before you could see it. I remember that corn, and in particular popcorn, was raised on that farm (but not by them, they just lived in the house on the place). I remember Granddad (Fred) wringing chicken?s necks by grabbing a chicken by its head and twirling it around his head (He may have just been showing off for us grandkids). I remember Mom cooking delicious meals and cakes on a stove powered by coal and corn cobs. I remember the gigantic homemade quilts, as the only heat was a pot belly stove in the living room, which went out an hour or two after going to bed. I remember a big wrap-around front porch. I remember the windmill? and, of course, the outhouse.

The 1960?s

Granddad (Fred) died on July 31, 1960, when he was 77.

Grandma (Anna) then moved to California and lived with relatives until her death at age 79 on January 25, 1968. She and Dad are both buried in Concordia.

So, being born in 1883 and 1888, respectively, both grew up as children in a time before motorized transportation was known and lived to see man circling the earth. What a time of change.

I?m not sure of the places in town, but none of the farms they lived on had running water, electricity, or any modern conveniences. Heat was pot-bellied stoves that burned wood and coal, cooking was from stoves that burned coal and corn cobs, light was from kerosene lamps, water was from windmill outside, and the outhouse? well, they used outhouses. (I remember Dad would put a can on the porch for us kids to use in the middle of the night so that we wouldn?t have to walk out to the outhouse in the dark.) This was true up to and including the last farm house they lived in together, in 1960.


Interviews with Marjorie (McBride) Weaver, Clare (Johnston) Adkinson, Lois (Taylor) Drury, Margaret (Taylor) Nolan, and Grace Millirons and research materials from Cloud County library and Kansas Newspaper Archives in Topeka.

  1. Probate Court. Probate Records of Hulda Taylor.
  2. US Archives. 1910 US Census. (Name: Microfilm;)
    Summit Twp, Cloud Co, KS.
  3. US Archives. 1920 US Census. (Name: Microfilm;)
    Centre Twp, Cloud Co, KS.
  4. Named in Another's Birth, Wedding or Birth Certificate
    Norris Taylor, Sr: Manhattan Mercury 06/25/1997.

    As Father

  5. US Archives. 1900 US Census. (Name: Microfilm;)
    Summit Twp, Cloud Co, KS, Pg 186A.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 1930 United States Federal Census. (Name: Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2002;)
    Database online. Year: 1930; Census Place: Concordia, Cloud, Kansas; Roll: 696; Page: 13B; Enumeration District: 9; Image: 816.0.

    Record for Fred W Taylor

  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. (Name: Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2005;)
    Database online. Registration Location: Cloud County, Kansas; Roll: 1643430; Draft Board: 0.

    Record for Fred Wilson Taylor

  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925. (Name: Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2009;)
    Database online.

    Record for Fred Taylor

  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 1900 United States Federal Census. (Name: Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2004;)
    Database online. Year: 1900; Census Place: Summit, Cloud, Kansas; Roll: T623_475; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 27.

    Record for Ed W Taylor

  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 1910 United States Federal Census. (Name: Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2006;)
    Database online. Year: 1910; Census Place: Summit, Cloud, Kansas; Roll: ; Page: ; Enumeration District: ; Image: .

    Record for Fred W Taylor

  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 1920 United States Federal Census. (Name: Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010;)
    Database online. Year: 1920; Census Place: Center, Cloud, Kansas; Roll: T625_526; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 19; Image: .

    Record for Fred Taylor

  12. Death Certificate
    Riverside County Dept of Health.

    dod 08/10/1988, dob 05/22/1923, born Kansas, father Fred W. Taylor b Kansas, mother: Anna L. Millirons, b Kansas, Lana Lederer, daughter

  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925. (Name: Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2009;)
    Database online.

    Record for Fredric W Taylor

  14. US Archives. 1910 US Census. (Name: Microfilm;)
    Cloud Co, KS.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Norris Taylor. Physically Observe Cloud Co KS Cemeteries.
  16. Obituary - Named in Another's
    Anna's obit gives date of death of Fred.
  17. CENSUS 1910 Summit Twp, Cloud Co, KS, Pg 213, Dwelling 123

    Taylor, Fred W., H 26 KS IA IA
    Anna W 21 KS MO CN
    Max S 7/12 KS KS KS

    Children ever born: 1, living: 1. Note states of birth of parents for Fred is wrong. Engaged in general farming. Renting his farm.
  18. CENSUS 1920 Center Twp, Cloud Co, KS, Pg 117, Dwelling 29/29

    Taylor, Fred, H 36 KS OH VA
    Anna W 31 KS MO CN
    Max S 10 KS KS KS
    Lois D 8 KS KS KS
    Ruby A. D 4 4/12 KS KS KS
    Edwin S 2 2/12 KS KS KS

    Own their farm with a mortgage. Engaged in general farming.

    Note: this is the farm they most likely bought with the $3,000 he got from his parent's farm. (Robert had gotten a $9,000 mortgage on the farm and looks like he then bought out Aurie, Fred, and Sara.) Fred and Anna lost this farm to foreclosure later. It is south of town.
  19. Database online. Year: 1930; Census Place: Concordia, Cloud, Kansas; Roll: 696; Page: 13B; Enumeration District: 9; Image: 816.0.

    425 Fifteenth St, Concordia, KS
    Rents, $20 per month
    The family DOES NOT have a radio.
    Only 4 out of 11 families listed on that census page HAD radios. (Although there were "unofficial" broadcasts of weather, etc in the 19teens, the first "real" radio stations began broadcasting shortly after World War I, about 1921.)
    Fred was 24, Anna was 19, when they married.
    Fred is not a veteran.

    Members of household, all with surname Taylor (note daughter Lois living with husband Roy Heiteman or Heitsman, listed next to Fred and family at same address).

    Fred W., head, 45, b KS, parents b IA, IA, occupation: laborer-odd jobs, worked yesterday.
    Anna, wife, 40, b KS, parents born IA, IL, cook in Tea Room, worked yesterday.
    Max, son, 20, KS KS KS, laborer-odd jobs, worked yesterday
    Arleen, dau, 14, KS KS KS
    Edwin, son, 12, KS KS KS
    Norris, son, 9, KS KS KS
    Nellie, dau, 9, KS KS KS
    Fred Jr, son, 6, KS KS KS
    Virginia, dau, 1 8/12 KS KS KS

    Daughter Lois is next in the census, showing in a separate building at the same address, with her husband: Roy Heiteman or Roy Heitsman. They are 19 and 18 yrs, respectively and were married when they were 19 and 18 (ie newlyweds). Roy was a laborer-odd jobs and Lois didn't work.

    Roy Heiteman, head, 19, KS KS KS, laborer odd jobs, worked yesterday
    Lois, wife, 18, KS KS KS, does not work.