Dr. WALTER SHERWOOD TAYLOR, who is engaged in the general practice of medicine and surgery in Tallula, was born on the 8th of July, 1873, in the town of Milo, Bureau county, Illinois. He is a son of Dr. William L. and Emma H. (Jenks) Taylor. The Taylor family is of Scotch-Irish origin and Dr. William L. Taylor was born in Kentucky, where he spent the days of his boyhood and youth. Preparing for the practice of medicine, he afterward engaged in professional duties for some time, but subsequently engaged in the real-estate business. He died in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1876.
Dr. Walter S. Taylor, having acquired a good literary education, entered upon preparation for the practice of medicine as a student in Barnes Medical College of St. Louis, Missouri. He was graduated with the class of 1899 and opened an office at Curran, Illinois, but after a short time went to Buffalo, this state. Subsequently he removed to Denver, Colorado, for the benefit of his own health, and on the expiration of that period he returned to Tallula, where he lived for a short time prior to the period of his residence in the west. Upon again coming to Tallula he purchased property and he now has a good practice in the town and surrounding country. He is a member of the Menard County Medical Society and the Illinois State Medical Society. In addition to his collegiate work he enjoyed the benefit of a year's hospital experience and he entered upon the practice of medicine and surgery well equipped for the arduous duties which devolve upon the physician. The public recognizes his capability and accords him a liberal patronage.
On the 7th of June, 1899, Dr. Taylor was united in marriage to Miss Lillian Jack, a daughter of Benjamin and Sarah C. Jack, who removed from New Jersey to the west, settling in Illinois. Her father is now deceased, but the mother still survives and makes her home with her children. Mrs. Taylor was born in Buffalo, Sangamon county, Illinois, and at the usual age entered the public schools, wherein she advanced step by step through successive grades until she had completed the high school work. She afterward engaged in teaching for three years and was then married. She has three brothers and three sisters, Ida, Dora, Carrie, John, Benjamin and Edwin, all of who are yet living. The home of Dr. and Mrs. Taylor has been blessed with two children: Marjorie, born August 10, 1900; and James Sherwood, born January 30, 1904.
Dr. Taylor is a stalwart Republican, supporting the party since age gave to him the right of franchise. Fraternally he is connected with the Modern Woodmen of America and the Knights of Pythias and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and both he and his wife are members of the Christian church. He may well be termed one of the leading citizens of his community because of the active and helpful support which he gives for the promotion of educational, material and moral interests of Tallula.