El Dorado County
WILLIAM G. TAYLOR
About the last of the old-time blacksmiths in El Dorado County is William G. Taylor, who has conducted a shop at Shingle Springs for the past forty-five years and is one of the best known men in this section of the Valley. He was born at Spanish Hill, El Dorado County, on the 13th of November, 1867, and is a son of Joseph and Adelaide (Weed) Taylor. That latter, who taught school at White Rock, was one of the first teachers in El Dorado County and was a woman of strong character, an able instructor and greatly esteemed by everyone. Joseph Taylor crossed the plains with an ox team and covered wagon in 1860 and settled first in Nevada. Being a carpenter and wheelwright, he built the wagon which he used for the journey and in it rode his wife and three children. After a short stay in Nevada, he moved to Placerville and entered the employ of the Pioneer Stage Company, with which he was connected until the coming of the railroad compelled him to seek other employment. For some time he was the agent for the El Dorado Ditch Company in different camps, where water was sold to the miners and Indians. In partnership with a relative, he established a blacksmith shop at Smithflat, where he continued in the business for ten years, and in 1885 he came to Shingle Springs, where he carried on the same business until 1888, when he sold out to his son William G. and returned to Smithflat, where his death occurred in 1894. To him and his wife were born five children, three of whom were born in the east and two in El Dorado County.
William G. Taylor was educated in the public schools of Placerville, after which he went to work in his brother-in-law’s blacksmith shop, where he remained for six year. In 1888, with a partner, he bought his father’s blacksmith shop at Shingle Springs. Subsequently he bought out his partner and has conducted the shop alone ever since. He is well known for the superior quality of his work and has always enjoyed a large patronage, people coming from a wide territory to take advantage of his skill.
Mr. Taylor was united in marriage to Miss Lilly J. Orr, whose father, Thomas Orr, was numbered among the pioneers of this section of the Valley. Mr. and Mrs. Taylor have three children: Myrtle, the wife of E. McCormick; Dewey, of Diamond Spring; and Elinore S. There are also two grandchildren. Mrs. Taylor is a woman of unusual character, kindly and considerate of those about her and popular throughout the community of which she is an honored resident. Mr. Taylor has always supported the Democratic Party, is interested in local public affairs and for fourteen years served as a member of the school board. He is a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge and Encampment and the Daughters of Rebekah. He is one of the real pioneer families of this locality and to the extent of his ability he has contributed to the growth and development of the locality in which he has lived and labored for many years, respected by all who know him.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.