Evelyn has been a Taylor for almost 74 years. She married Aunt CB’s first cousin Bryant (son of Floyd Taylor, twin of Lloyd) on October 9th, 1942 (Happy Anniversary two days early, Eve!). She always comes up with terrific story ideas and memories.
What a change in cars in my lifetime! It has spanned a period from the Model T Ford to the Ford Fusion and all the foreign names such as Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Nissan that we have today.
Young Evelyn and her mother, Hazel Laufer
on a Camping Trip to Washington, DC driving in
their 1924 Model T Ford
My family, with the exception of my grandfather (Oldsmobile), were Ford owners. Dad traded every three years. He did not go to a Dealer to trade, as a salesman from Holly would automatically appear with the new car when it was time to trade.
I remember our black Model T which was the only color made then. Dad would have to hand-crank it to start it. When it took hold, he would run to do something at the steering wheel. Perhaps it was to choke it or feed it some gas. I was just a little girl, so I do not know what exactly he was doing, but he was real busy doing it.
Bryant Taylor by Bryant and Evelyn's
First Car, a 1946 Ford
These cars were so high that you had a birds’ eye view of the road. When the lower Model A arrived, at a traffic stop, it was easy to look down from the Model T and see the whole interior. This new model did not need to be cranked.
At 17 I obtained my driver’s license and borrowed my parents’ car. Even when Bryant and I married in 1942, we had no car. However, in 1946 we had the first 1946 Ford delivered to a Dealer in LeRoy, NY.
Over the course of our married life of 51 years, we owned 22 cars, some new and some used; Ford, Plymouth, Chrysler, and Oldsmobile.
Bryant by their Last Car
I miss those big cars with chrome trim and bumpers, white sidewall tires and distinctive styling. They can still be seen today in Vintage car shows--restored and gleaming.
Those were the days!