Arthur J. and Paulette A. Taylor Foundation Fund



"My dad taught me that saving was important, service to the community was important, and that every child needs to gain the skills to be independent and self supporting." Polly Taylor

Arthur (Art) John Taylor

Arthur (Art) John Taylor's story began February 7th, 1907 in Methuen, MA. He was the 4th of 6 children born to Bess Kerr Taylor and Walter Scott Taylor who were both Scottish immigrants. Walter attended the Glasgow Technical College where he studied for 2 sessions to become a weaver. Walter worked in the woolen mills in Methuen, MA, later in North Carolina, and then back in MA. Walter moved his family with him in order to support them.

Arthur graduated from Methuen High School, worked for a year, and then entered and graduated from Yale University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Graduating from Yale in 1931, during the heart of the depression, he was only able to find a job driving a truck for Borden’s Milk Company. He met my mother, Bess Ealy, in Lewisburg, TN while driving for Borden’s. They married in 1942 in Hoboken, NJ, and their only child, a daughter, Paulette Ann, was born in 1948.

After the depression ended, Arthur got a job in his field of study working for John’s Manville Research Corporation (JM) designing brake linings. He worked for JM for more than 25 years before he retired in 1973. He then moved to Florida where he lived until he died in 2002 at the age of 95.

Art was married three times. In 1959, Bess dies of a heart attack, a complication of Rheumatic Fever, when Paulette (Polly) was just 10 years old. Art then married Polly’s aunt. Florence Ealy Lund, a widoe, and she helped raise Polly from age 12. Florence died in 1984 in Englewood, FL and in 1987, Art married Ellen Locker. They enjoyed 15 years of married before Art passed in 2002. Ellen passed in 2005.

Paulette Ann (Polly) Taylor

Polly Taylor’s story began June 8th, 1948 in North Plainfield, NJ when she was born to Arthur John Taylor and Bess Ealy Taylor. Polly was an only child and grew up in North Plainfield, attending school there from K-12. Following high school, she attended Centenary College for Women for 2 years earning an Associate of Arts degree. She then transferred to the University of TN, in Knoxville, where she graduated with a BS in Education. During summer while in college, Polly worked as a waitress at Isle Royale National Park and Mammoth Cave National Park to earn money for college tuition.

After college, Polly taught high school English for one year in Lewisburg, TN, and then moved to Memphis, where she would graduate from Memphis State University earning her Masters in Special Education in 1972. Follow that, she taught Special Education for 3 years in Memphis, 1 year at Inver Grove Heights, MN and then 11 years at Black Hawk Junir High in Pleasant Valley, IA. For the next 19 years, Polly worked as a Special Education Consultant at the Mississippi Bend AEA. She retired in June 2007.

From childhood, Polly was taught to save most of the money she earned or received to help with college expenses. Even as a young child, she remembers weekly trips to the bank to put her allowance of a quarter into her savings account. She also remembers going to softball practice and games because her dad volunteered as head coach of a local Little League team. Polly explained, “I was always taught to give back to the community by either volunteerism or donation for the public good. My dad was very clear about the value in a job is not what you earn, but what you offer or give that produces a feeling of satisfaction.”

Polly volunteered in the Davenport Community. She served 10 years on the board of the Riverboat Development Authority reading grants in the Health, Education and Culture category and helping decide how millions of dollars were allocated to local non-profits. I have also been a member of the Scott County Historic Preservation Society, serving as both board member and newsletter editor for numerous years. In the past she worked as a volunteer with CASI helping aging adults balance their checkbooks and maintain fiscally sound budgets. Polly currently serves as a board member for the Davenport Historical Preservation Commission.

As an educator, Polly served on the Pleasant Valley teacher negotiations team. She was also President of PVEA for 2 years and then served as President of the Mississippi Bend UniServ for one year. The goal of both organizations was to promote professionalism among teachers and to provide quality instruction and education for the students in Pleasant Valley and in surrounding Eastern Iowa communities.



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