William Asbury Taylor, who owns the Searsboro Telephone Company, was born in Yadkin county, North Carolina,
on the 29th of March, 1852. He is a son of Mathew and Mary (Michaels) Taylor, also natives of North Carolina. The
father, who was a farmer, came to Poweshiek county in 1855, locating in Union township, where he purchased a farm.
When the call came for men in 1862 he enlisted in Company C, Twenty eighth Iowa Volunteer Infantry and went to
the front, where he remained for three years, receiving his discharge at Atlanta, Georgia, hi 1865. His political
support Mr. Taylor always gave to the men and measures of the republican party, while he kept in touch with his
comrades of the field through the medium of his connection with the G. A. R. In matters religious both he and Mrs.
Taylor manifested their views through their affiliation with the Methodist Episcopal church. Unto Mr. and Mrs.
Taylor was born nine children, as follows: William Asbury. our subject; Nancy, the widow of J. A. Kline, of Washington
township; Sarah, the wife of N. W. Pierce, of Blue Point, Washington township; John, who is deceased; Dorcas; Frank,
deceased; Finley, who is a resident of Grinnell; and Ella, the wife of Ira C. Beeler, also a resident of Washington
township, and one who died in infancy, being the sixth child in order of birth.
After the completion of his preliminary. education, which was acquired in the common schools, William Asbury Taylor
studied for a time at Iowa College, Grinnell, Iowa, following which he taught school for a few years. Deciding
at the end of that period that he preferred farming he went to Washington township where he engaged in agricultural
pursuits until 1881. For two years thereafter he conducted a general merchandise business in Searsboro, but in
1883 'he returned to farming. In 1908 he bought the Searsboro Telephone Cornpany, with which he continues to be
successfully identified. They have over two hundred and twenty subscribers on the line and their business is constantly
Mr. Taylor was united in marriage on the 17th of October, 1872, to Miss Minnie Reed, a daughter of Charles and
Malvina (Wood) Reed of Mahaska county, Iowa. The father was a native of England and the mother of New York state,
where they were married. Mr. Reed emigrated to the United States in his early manhood, locating in the state of
New York where he engaged in contracting. In 1855 together with his wife and family he came to Poweshiek county,
continuing to follow his trade, and he also worked in the mines in the vicinity of New Sharon, Iowa. He served
for three or four years in the Tenth Iowa Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War, being honorably discharged.
In politics he was a republican and both he and his wife affiliated with the Methodist Episcopal church.
Mrs. Taylor is a native of the state of New York, her birth having occurred there on the 11th of May, 1854. Ten
children have been born of the union of Mr. and Mrs. Taylor, the order of their birth being as follows: Frankie,
who is deceased; May, the wife of J. W. Playlet, residing in the vicinity of Montezuma; Nina; the deceased wife
of Frank Morrison; Charles, who lives in Pleasant township; Fred, a resident of Washington township; Clara, the
wife of R. D. Ready, of Hayes county, Nebraska; John, who is living in the same place; and Frank, Henry and Pearl,
all of whom are at home.
In religious matters the views of the family coincide with those of the Methodist Episcopal denomination, the parents
being affiliated with the church at Blue Point, and fraternally Mr. Taylor is a member of the Masonic order. He
casts his ballot for the candidates of the republican party and served for several terms as school trustee, township
clerk and assessor, while for eighteen years he was secretary of the township school board. He is one of the public
spirited and progressive citizens, as well as capable business men of Searsboro, where he is widely known and highly
History of Poweshiek County, Iowa
A Record of settlement, organization
progress and achievement
By: Prof. L. F. Parker
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Poweshiek County, IA
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