Charles F. Taylor



This young and enterprising business man established himself in the lumber trade in the central part of Warren City in 1877, having purchased of other parties the yard which he has since successfully conducted. He is one of those most needed in a growing community, being wide-awake, energetic, and thoroughly reliable in his transactions. In 1884 he completed a neat and substantial residence on Burnett avenue, where, with his estimable wife and three children, two daughters and one son, he has one of the most pleasant homes in the town.

Mr. Taylor was born in Erie County, Pa., May 26, 1854, and two years later came with his parents to this county, they locating in Galena, where he studied first in the common schools, and later was graduated from the High School. He has kept his eyes open to what is going on around him in the world; and keeps himself thoroughly posted in regard to matters of general interest to the intelligent citizen. His initial experience in the lumber business began at Platteville, Wis., where he located in 1876, and the year following came to Warren.

Politically, Mr. Taylor uniformly supports the Republican party. While not an office-seeker he has been willing to perform his part in local affairs, serving as a member of the Village Board six years, and filling other positions of trust among the various matters naturally arising in a growing community. He formed matrimonial and domestic ties Sept. 12, 1878, being united in marriage with Miss Ernestine Harris, the daughter of S. D. Harris, of Galena, and a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this volume. The three children of this union are: Nellie E., Arthur N., and Sarah C., bright little children, whom it is hardly necessary to say will be given the training and education suited to their position in society.

The father of our subject was Daniel A. Taylor, a native of New York, and who in early manhood married Miss Cordelia S. Norris. The parental household was completed by the birth of five children, of whom only two are living: Charles F. and Daniel W., the latter engaged in the lumber business at Platteville, Wis. The elder Taylor came to Galena about thirty-two years ago, and engaged in the lumber business, which he is still prosecuting, making his home in the eastern part of town. He is conducting one of thc oldest lumber yards in the city - an extensive establishment, wholesale and retail, and equipped with the machinery necessary for manufacturing. He has been somewhat interested in the grain trade, and has, like his son, been quite prominent in local affairs. The mother is also living, and the parents are in the enjoyment of a pleasant and comfortable home, surrounded with many of the luxuries of life. Both families represent the respectable element of the community.

Source: Portrait and Biographical Album of Jo Daviess Co., IL (1889)