Archive for March 25, 2014

John Dodson Taylor, Sr., Family, Circa 1915   1 comment

Taylor Family 1915

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor


The family members are standing in front of the old house at Summerville, Georgia.  I conclude that the date is no earlier than 1915, for Arcissa Wilshire Dodson Taylor (1824-1915), mother of John Dodson Taylor, Sr. (1860-1936), is absent.

From left to right:

Eugene Stoddard Taylor, Sr. (1890-1944)

Helen Dodson Taylor (later Caulkins; died February 13, 1977)

Sarah Faye Taylor (later Whisnant; died November 1980)

Harriet “Hattie” Stoddard Taylor (1865-1932)

John Dodson Taylor, Jr. (1905-1976), my grandfather

John Dodson Taylor, Sr. (1860-1936), my great-grandfather

The surviving siblings in the late 1960s:


“The Lord Shall Deliver Me From Every Evil Work and Will Preserve Me Unto His Heavenly Kingdom.”   1 comment

Lord Shall Deliver Me

Above:  The Original Document

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The problem of life is fraught with grave possibilities of good and of evil.

What snares beset our unwary feet.  Many lives are wrecked.  Others are blest.  How shall we successfully meet its problems?

(1)  Temptations.  They often are exasperating, vexing, very trying.  Left to ourselves we are unable to meet and overcome.  He can succour, sustain us, give us victory.

(2)  Unjust treatment, unkindnesses, slights.  They are not pleasant.  But they need not touch and harm our souls.  We can keep sweet and escape all hurt, all scars.  Jesus did; so did Paul and many through the ages.  It takes grace, but that is what grace is for, to keep when we are in need.

(3)  Low ideals.  We can spurn them and cleave to the highest and best.  The low is beneath the dignity of an immortal soul.

(4)  Sorrow.  It must come, but we can triumph over it by grace.  Abide in Christ and all will be well.


Preserve me to his heavenly kingdom.  What will it matter then?  Toil will be forgotten.


Taylor Institute, 1919-1924   Leave a comment

Taylor Institute

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My great-grandfather, John Dodson, Taylor, Sr. (1860-1936), founded the private school in Summerville, Georgia, in 1919.  It closed five years later.

This is the entry for the school from page 538 of Robert S. Baker, Chattooga:  The Story of a County and Its People (Roswell, GA:  WH Wolfe Associates, 1988):

TAYLOR INSTITUTE  This was a private school established in 1919 by John D. Taylor, Summerville businessman.  It was located on the east side of Highland Avenue in the building that had been the Summerville School until 1914.  Mr. Taylor felt that the County Board of Education did not always maintain the educational standards he felt they should, and he was determined to have the best school possible for his youngest child, John D. Taylor, Jr.

Mr. Taylor went to Peabody College, a teacher’s college in Nashville, Tenn., and asked the school to recommend someone to administer the private school he was planning to open in Summerville.  Prof. Charles E. Bell was recommended, and Mr. Taylor contacted Mr. Bell and employed him as principal of the school.

Prof. Bell and his wife, Nell, were the teachers and the curriculum included arithmetic, Latin, history, reading, and sight singing.  Twenty-four students were enrolled the first year of the school and about fifty the second year.  By 1921 Miss Edith Wilson of Knoxville, Tenn., had been employed as a teacher to assist Mr. and Mrs. Bell.

T.I. had its share of extra-curricular activities.  This included a debating team, a band, and a championship basketball team coached by Prof. Bell.

By 1924 Taylor Institute had served the purpose for which it was established, and Prof. Bell accepted a job as principal of the school at Trion, and secretary of the YMCA there.

John Dodson Taylor, Jr. (1905-1976), was my grandfather.


“Stir Up the Gift That Is In Thee”   1 comment

Stir Up the Gift Front

Above:  The Front of the Original Document

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2 Tim. 1, 6


God has given us certain gifts or powers which, when used properly, are useful, helpful, and pleasing in his sight.  To know our lives are helpful adds much to the joy of living.


God would have us use our powers for him.  We should cultivate, develop our gifts, that we may be the more useful.  “Stir up the gift” and use it.

(a)  Many have gifts for music–a gracious gift.  Cultivate it and let God use it.

(b)  Have you a gift for storytelling, for teaching?  God needs it.  Cultivate it by study of God’s word.  What a blessing you may become!!

(c)  Many are gifted in prayer.  What a power for good such are.


Those who neglect such gifts as they have impoverish their own souls and rob others of the help they could render.  Is not this burying our talents?  God is grieved with all who thus act.


Give your whole self to God–you every power of soul.  Do all you can to develop it and let God direct you in using it.

He will bless you and make you a blessing–at last his “well done” will be heaven to you.



I, Kenneth Randolph Taylor, found the following, separate text on the back side of the sheet:

Stir Up the Gift Back

A knowledge of history helps safeguard the presence and the future.  It teaches caution and shows evil tendencies as well as what is safe and wise and good.

How may one think of the new ideas that present themselves?

(1)  As far as may be try them in the light of experience.

(2)  Try to discover whether they promise helpful enlargement, enrichment of reverence, love, righteousness.  If they take away any portion of these they are evil, hurtful, and should be avoided.

Try the spirit of any movement, whether it tends toward God or away from him.


The Author, Christmas 1975   Leave a comment

KRT Christmas 1975

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I was two years old–nearly three years old.





The Christian Home   1 comment

Christian Home

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2 Tim. 1, 5

We know nothing but what we have learned from others, or by observation and discovery. Our heritage has much to do with our development. Hence the great contribution made by the home.


Physical well-being. This is necessary to a vigorous life. Hence diet, temperate eating, fresh air, and exercise, proper clothing, and play.


Mental furnishing. The mind needs to be fed. Correct speech, wholesome reading to raise the ideals, love of the beautiful. Education, right or wrong, begins early. Make it pure and as helpful as possible,–tools for the life work.

Parents and teachers have a great responsibility here.


Spiritual life. Great leaders have sought to use these forces. We teach by precept and example.

Truthfulness, honesty, reverence, prayer, reading the Bible, public worship—all in an atmosphere of love.

Shield from evil influences, bad associates. Wholesome music to be sought.

These help tie them on to God. “In thee and in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice.” A great and enriching inheritance!! Give them to your children!!