School to Open in Taylor (1917)

All students went o the Main school building–that’s where the old 7th Street Campus now stands. There was a “Beginners” group and apparently all the students were sorted through and assigned to classes. None of this age breakdown business!

How to Pay for Taylor Road Improvements

There are sections of Taylor roads that consist only of gravel and dirt. There are meetings, concerns, discussion by City leaders, etc.  But this is an old and ongoing issue. Discussions of roads, how to pick which to improve and how to pay for such a venture is a constant theme for both cities and…

Enthusiasm for Good Roads

The streets in Taylor are in dire need of repair or will completely fail. There will be meetings and surveys to asses the state of the roads. All the citizens are invited to meetings to add their concerns and preferences to the survey. Does this sound familiar? But this article came out in 1917! Roads…

Welcome to Taylor: Friendly as a Texan’s Smile!

This, I believe, is the water storage tank that is now behind the Walgreens Drugstore at the intersection of North Main and Lake Drive. At one point in time, that was the outskirts of the town. This sign was created by the Taylor Chamber of Commerce marketing and publicity committee, painted by Bob Sims. This…

First TV in Taylor

The July 6, 1949 Taylor Daily Press ran an article about the very first TV set in Taylor. Mr. Steinman on West 7th Street proudly showed off his brand new television to the newspaper reporter, apologizing for the poor reception and snow. Getting a good picture and good reception was a matter of luck and…

Not-so-famous Taylorites: Claude Darlington

Claude was born in 1883, and grew up as a child in Taylor. He worked for the Taylor police force until retirement. However, he suffered a stroke in 1936 and was bedridden at the age of 53. His church turned their attention to him and helped him out—cleaning house, doing his shopping. The Sunday school…