Gilbert Morris “G. M.” Taylor

Gilbert Morris “G. M.” Taylor

Birth
Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, USA
Death 16 May 1967 (aged 73)
Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, California, USA
Burial Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, California, USA
Memorial ID 75732139 · View Source
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Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois Friday, June 30, 1967

G. M. Taylor Dies At 73; Gave Museum

Word has been received here of the death in Santa Barbara, California on May 17, 1967 of G. Morris Taylor, 73 one of the two members of the Taylor family who gave the Oscar Taylor homestead to the Stephenson County Historical Society for use as a historical museum. (Alice Horner's note: His full name was Gilbert Morris Taylor and his date of death was May 16, 1967, not May 17, according to the California Death Index, 1940-1967.)

According to the Santa Barbara News-Press, Mr. Taylor was known as the "photographer of the North," having lived in the Yukon and photographed it for seven years, and then for 25 years in the Jasper Park area of Canada. He moved to Santa Barbara in 1948 and continued to spend six months of each year in Canada in the photography business.

Mr. Taylor was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on May 15, 1894. (Alice Horner's note: His parents were Oscar Livingstone and Nora Tillman [West] Taylor.) He graduated from Cornell University in 1916 in forestry, and was a member of Alpha Delta Phi fraternity. He attended his 50th class reunion in 1966. During World War I he was a lieutenant in the Army. He has been an active member of the Alpine Club of Canada.

The Stephenson County Historical Society was organized in 1944 after Mrs. Frank Nelson Bass, the former Miss Charissa Taylor, left $5,000 for such a society if it should be organized within five years after her death in 1939. (Alice Horner's note: Charissa [Taylor] Bass was Gilbert Morris Taylor's aunt.) In 1944 also her two residuary legatees, Gilbert Morris Taylor and Donald West Taylor, gave the society the 1857 family homestead, "Bohemiana" at 1440 S. Carroll Avenue, Freeport for use as a museum. It was later made a park, under a state statute for maintenance by the Freeport Park District.

Mr. Taylor is survived by his wife Helen, 2253 Las Canoas Road, Santa Barbara, California 93105 and by their two sons, R. Loring Taylor of Santa Barbara and Marshall W. Taylor of York, Pennsylvania. Private funeral services were conducted in the Santa Barbara Cemetery Chapel by the Rev. William Heimbold of Unity Church.


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  • Created by: Alice Horner
  • Added: 30 Aug 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 75732139
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gilbert Morris “G. M.” Taylor (15 May 1894–16 May 1967), Find A Grave Memorial no. 75732139, citing Santa Barbara Cemetery, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, California, USA ; Maintained by Alice Horner (contributor 46885959) .