Cooper County, Missouri

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Dr. Arthur George Taylor, of Grand Junction, one of the popular and serviceable  professional men of Mesa county, who has been in active practice there since 1899, has had the usual experience of a country physician and surgeon — a life of toil and sacrifice for the good of others, with the satisfaction of knowing that his labors, although often seemingly unappreciated, have yet been of substantial benefit to his community and contributed in a large measure to the comfort and welfare of its people. He is a native of Booneville, Missouri, born on August 6, 1870. and is the son of W. C. P. and Mary (McClain) Taylor, the former a native of Virginia and the latter of Missouri. The father was a carriage maker by trade and located at Booneville when a young man. In 1849 he crossed the plains with ox teams to California, where he remained five veers, three years engaged in mining and two years in freighting and the stock industry. He died in 1901 at Booneville, Missouri, where the mother is still living. Their offspring numbered eight, of whom two died in infancy and one son at .the age of thirty. The Doctor was the last born of the family. He was reared at Booneville and there received a public-school education. Afterward he attended the University of Missouri at Columbia, pursuing a scientific course preparatory to the study of medicine, and was graduated in 1896. His professional course was taken at the Missouri Medical College at St. Louis, where he was graduated in 1899. He then went to Philadelphia and passed a year in a post-graduate course and hospital work at Jefferson Medical College. In 1899 he went to Grand Junction and began the successful practice of his profession, in which he is still actively engaged. His practice is general, covers a wide extent of the surrounding country and is highly representative in character, numbering among its patrons many of the best families in his section of the state. In the organizations for combining the best thought and forces of the profession he is active and helpful, being a zealous member of the Mesa County Medical Society, the Colorado State Medical Society and the American Medical Association. In the proceedings of the county society he has taken special interest and is now serving efficiently as its secretary. In fraternal lines he is connected with the Masonic order, the Modern Woodmen of America and the Woodmen of the World, and in political faith and allegiance he is a Democrat, but not an active partisan. On November 16, 1897, he was married to Miss Hannah E. Tice, a native of New Jersey, and daughter of Richard E. and Emily (Steelman) Tice, the former born in that state and the latter in New York. The Tice family are of Revolutionary stock and bore themselves valiantly in the great struggle for American independence. Mrs. Taylor's parents reside at Williamstown. New Jersey, and are prosperous farmers. The Doctor's family consists of one son, Richard E., now (1904) three years old, in addition to his wife and himself.
(Source: Progressive Men of Western Colorado, Publ 1905. Transcribed by Tracy McAllister)

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