William R. Taulor, who is engaged in the cultivation of grapes in Sacramento county, his home being near Florin, where he owns a ranch of twenty acres, was born in Perth county, Ontario, August 31, 1870, and is a son of Thomas and Harriett (Hood) Taylor. His father was a native of England, and the mother a native of Ontario, and they are now residing on Bonita avenue, in Highland Park, near Sacramento. The father came to this county in December, 1884, and in the spring of 1885 he brought his family from Canada to the Pacific coast, settling on a ranch where his son William now lives. There he remained for several years, when he removed to Highland Park, where he and his wife now make their home.

William R. Taylor was reared in the place of his nativity until fifteen years of age, when in 1885 he accompanied his parents to California and has since lived in Sacramento county. His education was acquired in the public schools of Perth county, Ontario. He is practically a self-made man and his education has also been largely self-acquired, for since leaving school he has added greatly to his knowledge through reading, observation, and experience. He was married on the 16th of January, 1901, to Miss Florence Spencer, of Cayuga, Ontario, a daughter of John Spencer, of Sacramento county, California, who is residing near the capital city, but in early life made his home in Cayuga, Ontario. Mr. and Mrs. Taylor have become the parents of three children: Mary E.; Winnie H.; and Beatrice L.

Mr. Taylor is independent in his political views, but is a citizen whose interest in the welfare and progress of his community is manifest in the tangible efforts which he puts forth to promote the general good. He is a member of the Order of Foresters at Elk Grove. His attention, however, is chiefly devoted to his business interests, wherein he is winning prosperity. He raises a superior variety of grapes and his vineyards are in excellent condition, he following the most modern methods of caring for his vines and crops.

Source: History of the New California - Its Resources and People, Volume II

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine

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