Pueblo County, Colorado
Cyrus F. Taylor
Contributed by Maggie Stuart Zimmerman.
Dr. Cyrus F. Taylor, the pioneer physician and surgeon of Pueblo county, has
here practiced continuously since 1880 or for a period covering nearly four
decades. As a representative of the medical profession he has met with well
deserved success and the name of Taylor has long been an honored one in Pueblo
and throughout the county. His birth occurred in Hope, Knox county, Maine, on
the 21st of October, 1857, his parents being Cyrus and Caroline (Bowley) Taylor,
who spent their entire lives in the Pine Tree state, where the father followed
the occupation of farming. The family numbered three sons and a daughter.
Cyrus F. Taylor, the eldest of the children, acquired his early education in
the rural and high schools of his native state and subsequently continued his
studies in the Maine Wesleyan Academy at Kents Hill. Having determined upon a
professional career, he entered the Medical School of Maine at Bowdoin College,
which institution conferred upon him the degree of M. D. upon his graduation
with the class of 1880. He first located for practice at Liberty, Maine, there
remaining from June, 1880,, until the following November, when he came west to
Colorado, taking up his abode in Pueblo, where he has remained an active
representative of the medical fraternity to the present date. There were only
four physicians in the county at the time of his arrival and he is the only one
of these early practitioners who is still active in the profession. He has ever
kept in close touch with advanced thought and methods in medical practice and
has long enjoyed an enviable reputation as a most progressive and successful
representative of the profession. He is a valued member of the Pueblo County
Medical Society and also belongs to the Colorado State Medical Association and
the American Medical Association.
On the 19th of November, 1881, Dr. Taylor was united in marriage to Miss
Nancy A. Robinson, a former schoolmate. They became the parents of five
children, as follows: Laura A., who is principal of the Riverside school, which
has an attendance of over six hundred children of foreign-born parents and is
one of the largest schools with such an attendance in Colorado; Guy M., who is
engaged in the automobile business; Dr. Ray R., who is a successful medical
practitioner of Pueblo and a sketch of whom appears on another page of this
work; Cyrus F., Jr., also connected with the automobile business; and Ernest W.,
a high school graduate.
Dr. Taylor is a republican in politics and has long been prominent and
active in the local ranks of the party. In 1883 he was elected coroner and two
years later was chosen county superintendent of schools, being reelected to the
latter position in 1887 and making a most excellent record in that connection.
In 1889 he was made chairman of the republican central committee. He also served
for two terms as school director in District No. 1 and the cause of education
has ever found in him a stalwart champion. Fraternally he is identified with the
Masons, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Court of Honor and the Eagles
and he is likewise a member of the Bowdoin Alumni Asociation. His religious
faith is that of the Universalist church. He takes a deep and helpful interest
in all matters pertaining to progress and development in community affairs and
is well known and highly esteemed as a public-spirited, leading and influential
citizen of Pueblo.
Extracted from History of Colorado Illustrated Volume II 1918
to the Pueblo County Index Page.
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