Archive for the ‘Chattooga County Georgia 1950s’ Category

Eagle Scout, 1959   Leave a comment

Eagle Scout 01

Eagle Scout 02

All Scans by Kenneth Randolph Taylor

The Trion Facts, Trion, Georgia, December 9, 1959, Page 16

Scout of the Year, 1959   Leave a comment

Scout 02

Scout 01

Scout 03

All Scans by Kenneth Randolph Taylor

The Trion Facts, Trion, Georgia, December 23, 1959

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My Father, Early 1950s   Leave a comment

Dad Early 1950s

Scan by Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Rear of the Taylor House, Summerville, Georgia   Leave a comment

Taylor House Old Photo

Image Source = Robin Lee Scott

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Here we see the way the old family home looked in a bygone era–from the 1940s-1950s.  The old north wing (no longer extant) is visible on the far left side of the image.

The old house has had an interesting architectural history.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

John Dodson Taylor, Jr., 1950s   Leave a comment

John D. Taylor, Jr. BW

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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My grandfather (1905-1976)

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

My Father and Uncle, 1955   Leave a comment

Jack and Randy 1955 Courtesy of Randy

Photograph Courtesy of Randolph Fleming Taylor

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My father, John Dodson Taylor, III (born in 1943), with my uncle Randy (born in 1945)

It is a very good picture, is it not?

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 2, 2014 COMMON ERA

Jean the Collie   Leave a comment

Jean II

Above:  Jean

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Family history is a goldmine of stories one should never pass into the ether of things forgotten and lost forever.  That premise is one rationale for this weblog.  Today, acting on that rationale, I share information about a dog who saved my father’s life when he was a boy.  I have attempted to get the details correct, given conflicting memories.  Human memory is not like a video recorder, brain scientists tell us.

My grandfather, John D. Taylor, Jr., kept collies for a few years.  One of these was Jean, who appeared in a Lassie movie–either Lassie Come Home (1943) or Courage of Lassie (1946).  My grandfather had purchased her from the kennel of Rudd Weatherwax, who trained dogs for movies and television shows, including the Lassie films and series.  I have heard stories of the family going to an airport to pick up Jean, who was returning from Hollywood, and of the family watching the Lassie movie with Jean in it as my grandmother, Nell Barrett Taylor, pointed out Jean’s scenes.

Jean was a sweet dog.  My father (John D. Taylor, III) and uncle (Randy) rested their heads peacefully upon her on parts of Summer days spent on the veranda at the family house.  She was, simply put, a good dog and a wonderful friend and companion to them.

In 1947 or 1948, when my father was four or five years old and my uncle was two or three years old, Jean protected my father from a taxi cab in front of the house.  She recovered from her injuries, fortunately.  The National Humane Society awarded her a medal for saving the life of a boy.  (I wonder that medal is.)

Jean died, having been put to sleep, no later than 1953.  Yet my debt of gratitude to her remains, for, without her intervention, I would not exist.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 11, 2013 COMMON ERA

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Here are some more pictures, courtesy of my uncle Randy:

Jean the Collie I Courtesy of Randy

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Jean the Collie II Courtesy of Randy

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Jean, Nell, and Randy Courtesy of Randy

Here is a photograph of Jean with my grandmother, Nell Barrett Taylor, and my uncle Randy (born in 1945).

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Ginger, Randy, and Jack Courtesy of Randy

And here is a photograph of my father, John D. Taylor, III (born in 1943) and my uncle Randy (born in 1945) with Ginger the Collie.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 1, 2014 COMMON ERA

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