Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams, and Franklin Counties", published by Western Historical
Publishing Co., 1904.
M. M. TAYLOR, who is now at the
head of the Franklin county bank in Connell, is a man of wide experience
in the business world and of unquestioned integrity in fiduciary capacities.
His foresight and energy have practically laid the foundation of Connell,
being a leading spirit in the platting and starting of the town.
The bank is the strongest moneyed institution in the county and has succeeded
admirably since its inception in business here and is now possessed of
a flattering outlook for growth and prosperity. Mr. Taylor holds
the important position of cashier and manager of the institution and his
well known ability in financial matters insures a continued success in
the future of the institution.
M. M. Taylor was born in Clark county, Indiana,
on January 26, 1852, the son of Leroy W. and Kissiah (Ketchum) Taylor,
natives of Indiana and Kentucky, respectively, and now deceased.
While M. M. was an infant the family came to Henry county, Iowa, where
he grew up, was educated and remained until 1884. When he arrived
at man's estate, he embarked in the flour milling business and followed
it successfully until the year mentioned, when he sold out and came west.
In 1888, he located in Tacoma and there opened a men's furnishing store
with Mr. Hare, under the style of Taylor & Hare. For eight years
they did a good business and during a portion of that time, Mr. Taylor
was treasurer of the city of Tacoma. In 1892, they sold the business
and Mr. Taylor went into the banking business, being president of the Washington
National Bank of Tacoma. He also had extensive commercial interests
in Alaska during the time he was in this relation and a portion of the
time he went there personally and superintended the business. He
handled general merchandise and supplies for the interior camps and did
exceedingly well in the ventures. In 1902 Mr. Taylor decided to return
from the arduous and trying work of handling a business in Alaska, and
accordingly sold his interests there and came to Washington. Shortly
after landing here he espied the opportunity at Connell, or what was to
be Connell, and he immediately organized the bank with which he is associated
at the present time and they bought the ground and platted the town and
started the settlement of the place. Connell has been a prosperous
town since and bids fair to be one of the leading points in this section.
At Mount Pleasant, Iowa, in 1871, Mr. Taylor
married Miss Ella H., daughter of Michael H. and Hannah J. Hare, natives
of Iowa. The father was a Methodist preacher; Mrs. Taylor was also
born in Iowa, and she is the mother of three children: Leroy W., a teller
in his father's bank; Donna, wife of L. E. Reid and dwelling in Boston;
Jack, attending school. Mr. Taylor is a member of the Elks and is
a man of excellent standing.