When the family moved to Minnesota, Ethel stayed in Red Oak and worked and lived in a boarding house. After that she lived with her sister Bertha, in Wyoming for a year and met her future husband, Eil, there.
She married Joseph Eil Taylor on November 22, 1922 in Hot Springs, South Dakota. He was born April 20, 1884 in Arkansas. His parents were Joseph Taylor and Lucinda Tarter.
After their marriage they ranched on his homestead in Arch Creek, east of Moorcroft, Crook County, Wyoming.
Moorcroft, Crook County, Wyoming
They had five children: Doris Dean Taylor Montegna (1924), John Edward Taylor (1925), Marjorie Ann Taylor (1931), James Luther Taylor (1933), and Ruth Louise Taylor McPhillips (1937).
The early years at the ranch were good ones. Plenty of rain, plenty of hard work and good results. Twyla told of the fabulous gardens Ethel raised, their cellar house full of hams and slabs of bacon, and a very rosy future was anticipated . . . and then came the bad years! grasshoppers, more drought, really bad times for everyone and the Taylors lost the ranch.
They moved to Moorcroft in 1939 and operated the Skelley Station.
Their daughter, Marjorie, died in July, 1946 when she was only 15 years old of a brain tumor.
Eil died in May 1949 of a heart attack. After he died, she operated the gas station on her own until 1954 when she moved to Sheridan and worked at a girl's reformatory.
After she retired she had a small house in Moorcroft and enjoyed traveling to visit relatives.
Chariton is the county seat of Lucas County, Iowa and is in Lincoln Township.
The Taylor Ranch
In the 1830s settlers began arriving in Iowa from Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana, Kentucky, and Virginia. Iowa became a state in 1846.
The Homestead Act was signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln on May 20, 1862. It gave an applicant 160 acres of undeveloped land outside of the original colonies. Anyone who had never taken up arms against the United States could file an application. They had to live on the land and make improvements to receive title.
Casper Star-Tribune Ethel Taylor dies at 104
Sundance-Services for Ethel Taylor, 104, will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at the First Presbyterian church in Moorcroft. Interment will follow at the Moorcroft Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Fidler-Roberts Funeral chapel in Sundance.
She died Aug. 26. 1998, at the Crook county Nursing Home in Sundance. She was born Aug. 20, 1894 in Chariton, Iowa, to Josiah A. and Eliza Fox Smith. She was the middle of nine children.
She resided in Red Oak, Iowa, until 1922, when she moved to Wyoming. She married J. Eil Taylor of Moorcroft on Nov. 22, 1922 in Hot Springs. S. D. After their marriage, they engaged in ranching on his homestead in the Arch Creek area east of Moorcroft for a number of years.They had five children.
They moved to Moorcroft in 1939 and operated the Skelley Station. After his death in 1949, she operated the station with her son until 1954. She moved to Sheridan and worked at the Sheridan Girls School until her retirement in 1959. After her retirement, she traveled to California, Washington, Iowa and Wyoming helping whichever relative needed her help at the time.
She kept a home in Moorcroft and lived there off and on until December, 1988, when she entered the nursing home in Sundance.
She is survived by one son, John, of Lamar, Mo.; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her husband; one son, James Taylor, three daughters, Marjorie Taylor as a young girl, Doris Montegna and Ruth McPhillips; one grandson, one great-granddaughter and all eight of her brothers and sisters.
Arrangements are with Fidler-Roberts Funeral chapel.
Wyoming was admitted into the Union as the 44th state on July 10, 1890.