Tuesday, September 22, 2015

September at Otty Lake with my Sister, Doris By CB Taylor Kinsella

September was always my favorite month at the cottage on Otty Lake. Until all the kids were out of high school and away, I was based in Rochester during that month, but as soon as the “coast was clear” I took off for Canada. Sister Doris, whenever possible, was with me. Like two giddy “high schoolers,” we headed north, sometimes together, more often one of her boys brought her, both one or two weeks together, was our goal.

Mom and Doris looking GREAT for Krissy Hawkes' wedding in 2003

These weeks, or week, were closely planned. If only a week, which was the usual, our plan was clear. Shopping and sightseeing were the norm, and surrounding towns were our goal--Lanark (pop. 1,000?), Smiths Falls (pop. 8,000?), and Perth (pop. 5,000). Allowing a day for each, our second goal was our “kitchen duty.” One year we made and canned chili sauce, one year apple sauce, always we tried “new” recipes we’d clipped through the year. Our favorite, though, was “making pickles”!

Making pickles sounded so laborious but, in truth, the recipe we followed was a simple one. Take a quart jar, cut cucumbers lengthwise to fit, stuff full, add 2 Tablespoons dry mustard, 2 teaspoons salt and 4 Tablespoons of sugar, then vinegar to almost cover and ½ to 1 cup of water. Screw lid on and shake often for a week. This we accomplished by placing the jar on the kitchen counter. Each time we passed by on our way to the bathroom, our bed, (for frequent naps), or to go outside, we’d shake it vigorously and upend it! Thus, by visit’s end, we had “made pickles” (and good ones, too)!

Mom and Doris--Looking snazzy in matching shirts (Giant Tiger, anyone??!), 1979

Both these goals, though, easy to understand because we’re TAYLORS, were encompassed in READING TIME! We read early, late, all night, snacked at 2-3 a.m. – whatever occurred, NOTHING interrupted our reading! Yes, we visited and knit as we did so, but I repeat, our READING TIME was sacred!

Two separate events pop into my head, though one, a given for every visit, was that Doris, when she “cased” a store, operated like a vacuum cleaner! She never missed an item – or a bargain! And each of those towns might have only one or two stores of our interest but they were spread miles apart! Therefore, after two or three years of my driving to repeat town stores, because she’d decided she really DID want to buy “such and such,” I ruled that she must make up her mind in one visit, I was not driving all over Canada, even for her!

The second event is our famous “brown sugar tart test”! I am pretty sure I’ve already written that one up for the blog though, so I’ll just content myself with a “memorable moment.” In my mind’s eye I see Doris, lying prone on her back on the couch, book open before her eyes, and on her chest, in a straight line, four brown sugar tarts, just waiting to be eaten! This I see from my vantage point of the green chair, feet on the stool and book on my chest, as awaited my perusal, on the arm of the chair, four brown sugar tarts! We voted at the end—which of these four tarts, from four different stores, were the best, before we both fell asleep!

 Mom and Doris again in almost matching shirts, 1979, at the Marble Mines

Yes, we had glorious times together! Made marvelous memories to tide me over these lazy days. Like Uncle Wiggley, maybe the next time I’ll tell you about our “toilet manufacturer quest.”

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The Almost Trip By Evelyn Taylor

Pam and Evelyn

A trip to remember was about to happen.  For five months my daughter Pam and I were planning a two week trip to Paris, the French Riviera, Germany, along the Rhine, Belgium and back to Paris.

As a French major in college, it was a dream- come- true.  Our plans had stays in a hotel just off the Champs Elysees, and in an ancient inn on a canal in Belgium.  We were to experience the fast train to the Riviera and the piece de resistance was a $200 each dinner and show at the Folies Bergere on our last night.

The departure date of Tuesday September 18th was fast approaching, so I had started to lay my things on the twin bed in my room.  Organization was vital for such a trip--- money had been deposited in an AAA account, plane fare paid, and all reservations made on line.

Just one week before, on Tuesday September 11th, the world was turned upside down.  As I was watching the news that fatal morning, I saw the first plane crash into one of the twin towers.  I was horrified that such an ACCIDENT had happened.  Only minutes later, when another plane struck the second tower, did it dawn on me that these were not accidents.  Confirmation that these were acts of terrorism came from news of the Pentagon crash and the aborted Pennsylvania attempt on the White House or Capitol.

It was not until the next day that the realization that our trip was off came to us.  Where to begin?  We e-mailed and canceled all reservations, and were given nothing but sympathy for our losses; plane fare was refunded within a month, AAA money returned.

The cancellation of our trip was nothing compared to the deaths of 3000 people from all walks of life and from many countries besides America.  We feel the horror and heartache of 9/11 to this day.

For more thoughts on 9/11, follow this link to see what we wrote on the ten year anniversary.

Friday, August 21, 2015

The Taylor Flag, by Pat Kinsella Herdeg, with CB and Sue Kinsella

This past weekend some Taylor Cousins came a’cousining to visit Mom and Dad (aka Aunt CB and Uncle Jack) as well as Sue and me, and so we pulled out our newest treasure—our Taylor Flag!

Kathy Taylor Mills, Annie Taylor Catherman, Pat Kinsella Herdeg, Sue Kinsella, Charlie Hawkes

Mom was sent the flag by Tom and Joan Doran, son of Florence Taylor Doran, sister to the twins, Floyd and Lloyd. Family lore has it that our Taylor family created this large flag not long after the Revolutionary War ended—either in Westport, CT (where three generations of Taylor men fought—Josiah, Gamaliel and Thomassee blog story), or in Wolcott, VT where Thomas Taylor and his wife Mary and children snow shoed in as the first inhabitants of the area in 1789 (see story here). So, this flag COULD date back to about 1790.

Our flag stands out because of its thirteen stars and the fact that the white stripe tops the flag. Most flags begin with the red stripe.

We have had a textile specialist from the Rochester Museum and Science Center in Rochester, NY look at our flag and she says, “I feel the flag dates to 1825 or earlier.”  She identified the fiber of all the fabrics in the flag as cotton, and all the stitching as hand stitching. Exciting!

Thomas's son, Gideon Taylor, moved to "Woodlawn" (Taylor ancestral home outside Batavia, NY) in the later part of the 1820’s. We do know that the US Census of 1830 has Gideon Taylor in New York. We also have an 1830 letter mailed to Gideon’s wife Phebe in Batavia, NY from her sister in Vermont. The flag has traveled with Gideon and his family. 

Note Flag Hanging on the left-hand side of the House
West Bethany, NY--4th of July picnic, 1908-1910? LtoR--standing--Emma Jane Carson Taylor, Jane Livingston Carson (married to William) seated, back row--Edward Carson, George Carson, Jennie Carson, Floyd Taylor Bertha Carson (married to Ed), Clara Taylor, Bryant W. Taylor, Blanche Carson?, William Carson, Lloyd Taylor Seated--front row--Clayton Carson, Ruth Carson, William Carson (son of Ed), Florence Taylor, Irene Carson

In a 1908 Carson family photograph of a 4th of July picnic, the Taylor Flag is shown proudly hanging from the porch (Emma Carson married Bryant Waller Taylor, son of Gideon). When B.W. died, my grandfather Lloyd inherited the flag. His sister borrowed it, and now Lucille Taylor Kinsella has it. We’ll let you know when we find a home for our Taylor Flag, preferably where it can be preserved and seen by many for its uniqueness and rarity. (Very few post-Revolutionary War Flags from the 1700’s  exist.)

Taylor Flag in 1958, Lloyd and Ethel Taylor (top) and in 1968 (bottom picture)

But, for now, we are bringing together the cousinsto laugh, to tell stories, to eat good food and perhaps see some fireworks (of all kinds!)—just the kind of celebrations this flag is used to presiding over. If only flags could talk! Perhaps two hundred and twenty-five years have passed since it was hand-sewn by people who had just lived through a cataclysmic war. And, in the years since, it has hung for many a proud Fourth of July. May it have many more!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Mickey Hawkes--You will be Missed!

My first cousin Carter Michael Hawkes, known as Mickey, died this past Friday. The oldest son of Uncle Bud and Aunt Doris (Taylor) Hawkes, Mickey had been in the hospital for a short time, and it came as a shock around cousin country.

 Mickey and Jan
Steve, Mickey, Aunt Dot, Cindy, Charlie
August 1961

Mickey, Steve
September 1964

Many Thanks to Cousin Chuck Lochner for most of these pictures. Uncle Jack Kinsella took the older photos (Thanks, Pops!).

Mickey’s youngest brother, Charlie, wrote to us:

We thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

Our Love to all of you,
" Those Pesky Hawkes Kids"

Friday, July 3, 2015

Graduations! by Susan Kinsella

We have lots of Taylor Baker Cousins graduates to celebrate from all levels of schooling! As the Mom of one of the graduates, I am continually amazed at how fast it seems they have all grown up. So I am including baby pictures to remind us, as well as to celebrate how wonderful they have been from their earliest days and how much we love them all.

Congratulations to all our Graduates!


Three of our cousins graduated from preschool. I love their excitement. They are clearly ready to take on Kindergarten in the fall!

William Colley

Son of Kristyne Hawkes Colley, Grandson of Charlie Hawkes, Great-Grandson of Doris Hawkes
Lockport, New York

Olivia Rooks

Daughter of Jessica Catherman Rooks, Granddaughter of Annie Taylor Catherman, Great-Granddaughter of Harold Taylor
Waterloo, New York

Olivia, Graduation from Preschool

Four Generations: Great-Grandpa Harold Taylor, Mom Jessica Rooks
holding newborn Olivia ("Olive Oyl" to her Great-Grandpa!),
and Grandma Annie Catherman

Leah Walker

Daughter of Kristin Kinsella Walker, Granddaughter of Tim Kinsella, Great-Granddaughter of CB Taylor Kinsella
Clay, New York

Leah, Graduation from Preschool

The first time I met Leah

Elementary School 

Graduates going on to Junior High School!

Kelly Kinsella

Daughter of Jim Kinsella, Granddaughter of CB Taylor Kinsella
Rochester, New York

Kelly, Graduating from 5th Grade at
Pine Brook Elementary School in Greece, New York

Kelly getting ready for one of the epic dart gun wars
at Grandma and Grandpa's house
(big sister Maddy on the left with the monkey)

Patrick Kinsella

Son of Chris Kinsella, Grandson of CB Taylor Kinsella
Cicero, New York

Graduation from 6th Grade, St. Rose of Lima School
(Patrick is third from left in the front row)

Newborn Patrick, held by his cousin Alex Kinsella

8th Grade

New graduates going on to High School in the fall!

Maddy Kinsella

Daughter of Jim Kinsella, Granddaughter of CB Taylor Kinsella
Rochester, New York

Maddy, 8th Grade Graduation Celebration!

Ready for more animal crackers

Aedyn Langstaff

Son of Kayte Barron Langstaff, Grandson of Kathryn Wood Barron, Great-Grandson of Gladys Howland Wood
Brimfield, Ohio

Aedyn graduated from 8th Grade at the
Falcon Academy of Creative Arts

Aedyn as a cute baby

High School

Sara Lochner

Daughter of Rick Lochner, Granddaughter of Esther Taylor Lochner
Rochester, New York

Sara, High School Graduation, with Dad and Mom, Rick and Laurie Lochner

Could she get any cuter? (Why, yes she did!)

Sara Osterhout

Daughter of Wendy Wood Osterhout, Granddaughter of Gladys Howland Wood
New Milford, Pennsylvania

Sara, Graduation from High School

Adorable baby picture taken by Sara's Mom


Alex Kinsella

Son of Susan Kinsella, Grandson of CB Taylor Kinsella
Novato, California

Alex, Graduation from Stanford University, with Julia Sommer
(I'm in this picture, too - way up there somewhere
in the audience at the top of the stadium - can you see me?)

One of my favorite baby pictures of Alex


If I missed anyone, please let me know in the comments and I'll get in touch to get pictures and info to add them in!