California Genealogy and History Archives
San Bernardino County and Riverside County
WILLIAM O. TAYLOR, optometrist, is one of the highly qualified men of his profession in Southern California, and for several years has practiced in San Bernardino.
Doctor Taylor was born at Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada, December 18, 1889, but the following year his parents, Richard and Anna Jane (Ashdown) Taylor, moved to California and located in Pasadena. His father, a native of Ireland, was a leading merchant of Pasadena for a number of years, also served on the city council, and died in December, 1912. The mother, now living at Vallejo, was born in Canada of English ancestry.
William O. Taylor attended the grammar and high schools of Pasadena and in 1913 received the O. D. degree from the Southern California College of Ophthalmology and Optometry of Los Angeles. He has been engaged in the work of his profession for ten years, beginning at Pasadena, living at Los Angeles and at Long Beach, and then removed to San Bernardino, where in his place of business on Third Street, he has all the facilities to supplement his own training and broad experience to aid in the fitting and adaptment of glasses for the eyes. He is a member and former secretary of the Orange Belt Optometric Association.
During the World war Doctor Taylor enlisted in the Canadian army in the Depot Battalion No. 1, Company No. 1, and was connected with the Dental Corps at Vancouver, British Columbia. He is a member of the American Lion, the Chamber of Commerce at San Bernardino, is an independent voter, and is Past Chancellor Commander of the Knights of Pythias, is Past Prince of the Dramatic Order of the Knights of Khorassan, and is also affiliated with the Masons, B. P. O. E., Eagles, and the Y. M. C. A.
September 28, 1909, at Santa Ana he married Almeda C. Lyman. She was born in New York State, daughter of the late W. C. Lyman. Doctor and Mrs. Taylor have two daughters, Marjorie May and Barbara Ann, now students in the San Bernardino schools.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011