I. N. Taylor, teacher, Villa Ridge, was born in Owensboro, Ky., January 1, 1858, son of Thomas and Maria (Norris) Taylor. They were both born in Ohio, and he was a relative of President Taylor. By trade he was a carpenter, but had engaged in the saw-mill business before his death, which occurred in 1864, in Massac County, III. She died in Hickman, Ky, in 1862. They were the parents of five children, four of whom are still living, two daughters and two sons. The daughters both reside in New Orleans. Our subject and his brother, George Z., in this county. George Z. is ship carpenter on the United States boat, “John N. McCombe,” but his family resides in Mound City. Our subject, the 3 youngest of the family, was educated in the high school of Metropolis, 111., and then, instead of selecting some mechanical pursuit, as almost all his relatives have done, he chose the profession of teacher, and for several years taught school in Johnson County, 111., and then began a classical course at the Southern State Normal, at Carbondale. He attended for three years, and has taught two successful years in this (Pulaski) County, one year being Principal of the Villa Ridge Schools. In 1882 he again returned to the Normal to complete his course, but his health failed, and he had to abandon it for the time. For two seasons, he has represented the fruit commission firm of Ender & Meyers, of Chicago, at this point. He is member of Meridian Lodge, No. 94, I. O. of G. T.; also Mound City Lodge, No. 250, I. O. O. F. He is Republican in politics.
Source: History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Volume 2, edited by William Henry Perrin,O. L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers, Chicago, 1883.