John R Taylor

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JOHN R. TAYLOR, a member of the firm of Findley & Taylor, general insurance, Freeport, Pa., was born July 1, 1862, in Armstrong county, son of David H. and Jane (Ritchie) Taylor.

David H. Taylor was born in Scotland and came to America in 1854, locating at Pittsburgh, Pa., where he remained for a short time. He then went to Iowa, where he lived one year, returning to Pittsburgh, where he continued to work at his trade, that of stonemason, for two years. His next employment was in the oil fields, and later went back to Pittsburgh. For some time he was interested in the production of salt in Armstrong county, after which he moved to Freeport and bought a stone quarry, which proved a profitable investment, this quarry being one of the best in the State. He was a hard working man all his life and accumulated a competency. At Pittsburgh he married Jane Ritchie, who died in1883, the mother of five children. Mr. Taylor died in 1907.

John R. Taylor was the third of his parents' children. He attended school until he was fourteen years old and continued to live at home until his thirty-fifth year. Like his father, Mr. Taylor has been a very industrious man. He served as an apprentice to the mason's trade for three years after working on the railroad and on the pipe line in the Butler county oil fields, dressing tools and drilling wells. For fifteen years he served as night yardmaster at Kiskiminetas Junction, and previously had been a railroad station agent's clerk. In 1900 he came to Freeport and became a clerk in a real estate and insurance office, entering upon his duties on March 10th of that year, and continuing until July 1, 1900, when he embarked in business for himself with Mr. Findley as a partner. The firm represents the old line companies, and writes fire, accident, plate glass and burglary insurance. In politics Mr. Taylor is a Republican and fraternally is a Mason, being a past master of the blue lodge.

Source: Pages 822-823, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed October 1998 by James R Hindman for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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