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John Dodson Taylor III, June 1944   Leave a comment

June 1944 01

Scans Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

The writing on the back of this image indicates that “Jackie” Marsh is holding my father, John Dodson Taylor, III (1943-2014), in June 1944.  They are behind the family house in Summerville, Georgia.

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The photographs in this set come from a “Panel Print Album” I retrieved from my father’s possessions after his recent death.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

Panel Print Album 02

Panel Print Album 01

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June 1944 03

Here is a photograph of Alex Marsh holding my father.  This is also good view of the back of the old north wing of the house.  That wing has not existed since the 1960s.

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June 1944 02

The caption on the back of this photograph indicates that “Mama Nell” is hold my father.  That appears to be “Jackie” Marsh on the right.  They are, of course, behind the house.  “Mama Nell” does not seem to resemble my grandmother, Nell Barrett Taylor (1915-2001), for I have photographs of her from that time.

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June 1944 04

Here is a photograph of my father on Little Gene’s pony.  “Little Gene” was Eugene Stoddard Taylor, Jr. (1928-2012), who lived next door.

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Taylor House, Summerville, Georgia   Leave a comment

Summerville House Perhaps 1950s

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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This is an undated photograph of the John D. Taylor, Sr.-Jr., house in Summerville, Georgia.  It seems to come from the 1960s.  The car is a 1959 Mercury which my grandfather, John Dodson Taylor, Jr. (1905-1976), bought in 1962 or 1963.  The Volkswagen belonged to Eugene Stoddard Taylor, Jr. (1928-2012).  The context seems to be a family reunion.

This was the house into which my grandfather, John D. Taylor, Jr., entered the world in 1905.  My grandmother, Nell Barrett Taylor spent most her life there also.  My father and uncle grew up there, and my mother, sister, and I lived there for a time.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

My Grandmother and My Father, Summer 1945   Leave a comment

Grandma and Dad Summer 1945

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

I retrieved this photograph, not in pristine condition, over a week ago.  I framed it today.

Here we see my grandmother, Nell Barrett Taylor, with my father, John Dodson Taylor, III, when he was one year old.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 1, 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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Nell Taylor at the Organ, Summerville Presbyterian Church, Summerville, Georgia, 1940s   Leave a comment

Nell Taylor at Organ

My grandmother, Nell Barrett Taylor, served as the Organist at Summerville Presbyterian Church, Summerville, Georgia, for many years.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 28, 2013 COMMON ERA

Mother and Child   2 comments

Nell Taylor and Probably Jack Taylor

Image Courtesy of Randolph Fleming Taylor

The mother is my grandmother, Nell Barrett Taylor.  This is definitely an image from the the 1940s.  Uncle Randy says that the baby is probably my father, John Dodson Taylor, III.  I, being inclined to take his word for this, posit that the image comes from late 1943 or early 1944.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

SEPTEMBER 28, 2013 COMMON ERA

John Dodson Taylor, Jr., and Nell Barrett Taylor   Leave a comment

Grandparents Taylor 1940s

Above:  My Grandparents, Possibly in the 1940s

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Here is an undated photograph of my grandparents, possibly in the 1940s.  I look at this image and recall stories of them my parents (mostly my father) have told.  And I wish that I could have know my grandmother longer than I did and my grandfather at all.  He died when I was three years old, so I have no memories of him.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR