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Lester Milbert "Mel" Taylor was born July 3, 1913, in Wathena, Doniphan Co., KS, and died July 11, 1970, in Battle Ground, Clark Co., WA, at age 57. Buried in Lone Tree Cemetery, Hayward, Alameda Co., CA. He is the son of Thomas William Taylor of Boonesville, MO, and Ellen Elizabeth "Ella" Moore of Frankfort, Franklin Co., KY. Buried in Lone Tree Cemetery, Hayward, Alameda Co., CA.

Rosemary Pauline Krause was born September 9, 1922, in the City of Norton, Norton Co., KS, and died July 11, 1992, in Castro Valley, Alameda Co., CA, at age 69. Buried in Lone Tree Cemetery, Hayward, Alameda Co., CA. She is the daughter of Jason Ralph Krause of Aldine Twp., Norton Co., KS, and Celia Anna O'Toole of Rock Branch Twp., Norton Co., KS.

Lester Milbert "Mel" Taylor and Rosemary Pauline Krause were married September 1, 1945, in Oakland, Alameda Co., CA.

Lester Milbert "Mel" Taylor and Rosemary Pauline (Krause) Taylor had two children:

  1. James Michael "Jim" Taylor: Born October 29, 1948, in Alameda Co., CA; Lived in Cameron Park, CA.
  2. Terence Eugene "Terry" Taylor: Born May 7, 1954, in Alameda Co., CA. Married to Debra L. Unknown: Born April 1956 in Unknown. Both lived in San Lorenzo, CA.



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Lester Milbert "Mel" Taylor and Rosemary Pauline (Krause) Taylor are buried in Lone Tree Cemetery, Hayward, Alameda Co., CA. Thanks to Find-A-Grave for making these images available.


The 1910 U. S. Census taken on May 9, 1910, shows Thomas T. Taylor (age 40) born in Missouri to United States and Missouri-born parents is a Farmer Farm Hand renting his home and is living in Center Twp., Doniphan Co., KS. Living with him is his wife of 12 years, Ella Taylor (age 29) born in Kentucky to North Carolina and Kentucky-born parents, with all 5 of the children born to her still alive. Also living there are his children, all born in Missouri to Missouri and Kentucky-born parents: his daughter, Jessie A. Taylor (age 9); Vernon Taylor (age 6); and Gladys Taylor (age 4).

Lester Milbert "Mel" Taylor was born July 3, 1913, in Wathena, Doniphan Co., KS.

The 1915 Kansas State Census taken on 1915 shows Thomas Taylor (age 46) born in Missouri and having moved to Kansas from Missouri is a Farmer renting his home and is living in Grandview, Ford Co., KS. Living with him are: Ellen Taylor (age 34) born in Kentucky and having moved to Kansas from Kentucky, who Keeps House; Jessie Taylor (age 14) born in Missouri and having moved to Kansas from Missouri; Vernon Taylor (age 11) born in Missouri and having moved to Kansas from Missouri; Gladys Taylor (age 9) born in Missouri and having moved to Kansas from Missouri; Pauline Taylor (age 5) born in Kansas; and Milbert Taylor (age 1) born in Kansas.

The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 7, 1920, shows Thomas T. Taylor (age 48) born in Missouri to Missouri and Tennessee-born parents is a Farm Manager on a Farm and is living in Morton Twp., Pawnee Co., KS. Living with him is his wife, Ella E. Taylor (age 39) born in Kentucky to North Carolina and Kentucky-born parents. Also living there are his children, all unmarried and born to Missouri and Kentucky-born parents: his daughter, Jessie A. Taylor (age 21) born in Missouri; Vernon J. Taylor (age 16) born in Missouri; Gladys L. Taylor (age 14) born in Missouri; Pauline M. Taylor (age 10) born in Kansas; and Lester M. Taylor (age 6) born in Kansas.

Cecelia Helen Krause died September 7, 1922, in Norton Twp., Norton Co., KS, at age 1. Buried in the Norton Cemetery, Norton, Norton Co., KS.


The Norton Courier, Norton, Norton Co., KS, Thursday, September 7, 1922

The 2 yr old little one of Jason Krause living north of Norton, died this morning.


Cecelia Anna (O'Toole) Krause died September 9, 1922, at her parent's home, south of the city of Norton, Norton Co., KS, at age 34, two days after giving birth. Buried in Norton Cemetery, Norton, Norton Co., KS.


The Norton Courier, Norton, Norton Co., KS, Thursday, September 21, 1922

OBITUARY

Mrs. Jason Krause

Mrs. Jason Krause (Cecilia Anna O'Toole) was born at Devizes, Norton county, on June 3, 1888, was married to Jason Krause on September 17, 1917, and died September 10, 1922, aged 34 years, 3 months and 7 days. Last week the community sympathized with Mr. and Mrs. Krause in the death of their seventeen months' old girl, Helen Cecilia. The ordeal appeared to be too much for the grief stricken mother. On Saturday morning Rose Mary Pauline was prematurely born, and on Sunday morning at 2:30, September 10, death came to relieve her sufferings. So lately did she move among us in apparent health, it is hard to realize that she has gone from us to join the silent army of the dead. Endowed with many gifts, she was always ready to do her part when the occasion demanded it. Never noisy or demonstrative, but always courteous, obliging and intelligent. She had the good will of her friends and associates. Simple inn habits, genial and candid, considerate of the feelings of others, she was loved by all. Her funeral was held from St. Francis church, on Wednesday morning, Rev. T. P. Tuite officiating. Most touching were the demonstrations of affection and regret as she was laid away to rest 'mid the scenes where as a youth she wandered and where her happy childhood days were spent. Her bier was surrounded by weeping throngs of lifelong friends and neighbors.

Card of Thanks

We hereby tender our most sincere thanks to our many kind neighbors and friends whoso faithfully assisted us during the last illness and death of our loved ones, and for the beautiful floral offerings. May God's choicest blessings descend upon each and all of you.

Jason Krause; Mr. and Mrs. James O'Toole and Family; Mr. and Mrs. August Krause and Family


Lenora News, Lenora, Norton Co., KS, Wednesday, September 13, 1922

Helen Cellia Krause, only child of Jason and Cellia Krause, was born March 15, 1921 and died September 7, at the age of 1 year, 5 months, and 22 days. Funeral services were held at the Catholic Church in Norton, September 8, and interment in Catholic cemetery.

Mrs. Jason Krause, daughter of James O'Toole of Norton, died at her parents home, Saturday night after giving birth to an infant daughter. Funeral services were held in Norton Tuesday morning. 

Sunday afternoon while en-route to her boarding place to secure some clothes to attend her sisters funeral, Miss Agnes O'Toole and her brother-in-law Harry Moody were seriously injured when a Hudson car collided with their auto. Miss O'Toole was cut about the neck and jaw and severely bruised. Mr. and Mrs. Krause have resided here for the past few months and their friends extend sympathy to the father in his double bereavement.


The Norton Courier, Norton, Norton Co., KS, Thursday, September 14, 1922

Last week was noted in these columns the death and burial of the little 17 months old girl of Mr. and Mrs. Jasen Krause, who have recently been living in Lenora, Jasen having employment with the Standard Oil company. On returning from the funeral the grieving young parents stopped at the home of Mrs Krause's parents, Mr. and Mrs. James O'Toole, a few miles southwest of Norton. Here Mrs. Krause was called to a premature childbed, and on the next day, September 9, gave birth to a little girl and died. Funeral services were held in St. Francis church yesterday morning, and burial was made in Norton cemetery. Death has been extremely cruel to our young friends and their families.


Rosemary Pauline Krause was born September 9, 1922, in Norton, Norton Co., KS.


Jason Ralph Krause and daughter, Rosemary Pauline Krause, 1922, Norton, Norton Co., KS.


Krause Rosemary Pauline.


Faced with the option of either putting Rosemary up for adoption or having her raised by her maternal grandparents, Jason decided to have Rosemary stay with family members. Jason worked on the railroads for some time. 

The 1925 Kansas State Census taken on March 1, 1925, shows T. W. Taylor (age 51) born in Missouri and having moved to Kansas from Missouri is a Laborer and is living at 908 Aoker Ave, Dodge City, Ford Co., KS. Living with him is his wife, Ella Taylor (age 44) born in Kentucky and having moved to Kansas from Missouri, who Keeps House. Also living there are his children, all unmarried: his son, Jessie Taylor (age 21) born in Missouri and having moved to Kansas from Missouri, a Laborer; Gladys Taylor (age 19) born in Missouri and having moved to Kansas from Missouri; Pauline Taylor (age 15) born in Kansas; and Milbert Taylor (age 11) born in Kansas.

The 1925 Kansas State Census taken on March 1, 1925, shows Jim H. O'Toole (age 66) born in Ohio and having moved to Kansas from Nebraska is a General Farm Farmer owning his home with a mortgage and is living at Rt. 5, Center Twp., Norton Co., KS. Living with him is his wife, Johanna O'Toole (age 54) born in Illinois and having moved to Kansas from Nebraska. Also living there are his children, all unmarried and born in Kansas: Leo O'Toole (age 30), in the Grain Business for Himself; Agnes O'Toole (age 25), Walter O'Toole (age 22), and Lawrence O'Toole (age 16). Also living there is his granddaughter, Rosemary Krause (age 2) born in Kansas.


Krause Rosemary Pauline and a neighbor boy, about 1927, Kansas.


The 1930 U. S. Census taken on April 23, 1930, shows Thomas A. Taylor (age 61) born in Missouri to Missouri-born parents and first married at age 29 is an Odd Jobs Laborer and is living in the 1st Ward, Dodge City, Ford Co., KS. Living with him is his wife, Ella Taylor (age 49) born in Kentucky to North Carolina and Kentucky-born parents and first married at age 17. Also living there are his children, all unmarried and born to Missouri and Kentucky-born parents: James Taylor (age 26) born in Missouri, an Odd Jobs Laborer; Gladys Taylor (age 24) born in Missouri; and Milbert Taylor (age 16) born in Kansas.

The 1930 U. S. Census taken on April 18, 1930, shows George Powers (age 35) born in Kansas to Iowa and Ohio-born parents and first married at age 31 is a General Trucking Truckster renting his home for $10/month and is living at 428 South Street, 3rd Ward, City of Norton, Norton Co., KS. Living with him are: his wife, Agnes Powers (age 32) born in Kansas to Ohio and Illinois-born parents and first married at age 28; his daughter, Geraldine Powers (age 3-8/12) born in Kansas; his niece, Rosemary Krause (age 7) born in Kansas to Kansas-born parents; and his widowed father-in-law, James O'Toole (age 71) born in Ohio to Northern Ireland-born parents. An unrelated couple also lived at that address. 


Katherine Sylvester and Rosemary, Kansas ca. 1934, Kansas.


The Garrison Clan, ca. 1934 Norton Co., Kansas. Louie Seeta Garrison Powers family: The picture is on their farm south of Norton, Kansas. I identified most of them being their children with spouses,except my great grandmother Pearl who is in the middle. Mike Powers died in 1936. Rosemary Krause in the back was born in 1922 and looks at least 10-12, so the picture would be about 1934. My guess. I'm not sure who everyone is, so there could be some of your side there. Mark.


The 1940 U. S. Census taken on April 4, 1940, shows Geo. T Powers (age 46) born in Kansas, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 8 years of School, is a Building Carpenter who rents his home for $8/month, and is living at 428 South Street, 3rd Ward, City of Norton, Norton Co., KS. Living with him are: his wife, Agnes M. Powers (age 42) born in Kansas and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place and with 2 years of High School, who does Housekeeping in a Home; his daughter, Geraldine M. Powers (age 13) born in Kansas and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place and with 8 years of School; and his unmarried niece, Rosemary Krause (age 17) born in Kansas and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place and with 1 year of High School.

The 1940 U. S. Census taken on April 18, 1940, shows Ella Taylor (age 59) born in Kentucky, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 6 years of School, is a widowed Head of Household, and who rents her home for $12/month, and is living at 111 Snell Avenue, 3rd Ward, Junction City, Geary Co., KS.  South Street, 3rd Ward, City of Norton, Norton Co., KS. Living with her are: her unmarried son, Lester M. Taylor (age 26) born in Kansas, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 8 years of School, a Stone Cutter at a WPA Quarry; her unmarried daughter, Paukine McGinnis (age 29) born in Kansas, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 6 years of School, a Waitress at a Restaurant;  her unmarried granddaughter, Betty Sporn (age 16) born in Kansas, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 1 year of High School.


   

The WWII Draft Registration Report dated October 18, 1940, shows Lester Mibert Taylor, age 27, born July 3, 1913, in Doniph Co., KS, is  employed by the W. P. A. project, and is living in Junction City, Geary Co., KS. The person who will always know his address is his mother, Mrs. Ella Elizabeth Taylor, 111 Snell Ave., Junction City, Geary Co., KS.


The Oakland Tribune, Thursday, August 30, 1945

MARRIAGE LICENSES ISSUED

TAYLOR, Lester Milbert, 32, KRAUSE, Rosemary Pauline, 22; both 427 Fallon Street, Oakland.


Lester Milbert "Mel" Taylor and Rosemary Pauline Krause were married September 1, 1945, in Oakland, Alameda Co., CA.


September, 1945

Krause-Taylor

Announcement has been received here of the marriage of Miss Rosemary Krause to Lester M. Taylor, former resident of this city. The wedding took place on September 1st at the Catholic parsonage of St. Mary's Cathedral in Oakland, Calif. Mrs. Taylor is a graduate of the Junction City High School with the class of 1941 and is the niece of Mrs. G. T. Powers. She had been employed with the Patterson grocery store for the past three years. Mr. Taylor recently received an honorable discharge from the Navy after having served 2 1/2 years overseas. They will make their home in Oakland. Mrs. Taylor had spent her entire life in Norton up until her senior year in high school, when she moved to Junction City with her aunt, Mrs. George T. Powers and family with whom she made her home. She is also the granddaughter of Mrs. Mary J. Krause, a resident of Norton, who is now at the home of a son in Bradford, PA.


Lester Milbert "Mel" Taylor, and his two children, James Michael "Jim" Taylor, and Terence Eugene "Terry" Taylor, about 1960, Alameda Co., CA.


Mildred E. (Anthon) (Walker) (Krause) Hutcherson, and her daughter-in-law, Rosemary Pauline (Krause) Taylor, about 1970, Alameda Co., CA.


Lester Milbert "Mel" Taylor died of a heart attack on July 11, 1970, in Battle Ground, Clark Co., WA, at age 57. Buried in Lone Tree Cemetery, Hayward, Alameda Co., CA.


Krause Rosemary Pauline and Ken.


Wilba Rosemary Ken California.


Rosemary remained a widow and died July 11, 1992, exactly 22 years to the day after Mel's death.

Rosemary Pauline (Krause) Taylor died July 11, 1992, in Castro Valley, Alameda Co., CA, at age 69. Buried in Lone Tree Cemetery, Hayward, Alameda Co., CA.

Mary Jane (Abbey) Krause is mentioned in Jason's obituary and in Rosemary's wedding announcement that was printed in Norton, KS.

Mary is also mentioned in Jason's obituary in 1950, so she was alive then. It also mentions two brothers, Wallace and Alfred, and a sister, Mrs. W. E. Darling of Idaho.

Jason served in the U. S. Army in WW I as a Corporal. Jason and Celia had two daughters. The oldest daughter died just days prior to Rosemary's birth, and Celia died a few days later. They may have been in either an auto accident or a cart accident. Jason then married Mildred E. (Anthon) Walker. She was a very nice lady and Rosemary still saw her after Jason's death. In fact, she would visit Rosemary from time-to-time.

Faced with the option of either putting Rosemary up for adoption or having her raised by her maternal grandparents, Jason opted to have her stay with family. He worked on railroads for some time. Rosemary lived at various times with the O'Toole grandparents and also with aunts and uncles. Some of her cousins that she lived with remember her. One cousin, Rita Bieber, still lives in Norton Co., KS. She remembers Celia well, but knows almost nothing of Jason's family. There are existing pictures of Jason & Celia together.

Rosemary met and married Lester Milbert (Mel) Taylor. During WW II he served in the U.S. Navy. Upon his discharge in California from the Navy, Rosemary and Mel's mother came out to California. Rosemary and Mel were married and settled in the Oakland area. Mel's other brother and sisters also came out to California. Rosemary and Mel had two children. They moved to San Lorenzo (5 miles south of Oakland) the day before Terry's birth. Terry and Debra Taylor now own the house and still live in it.