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George L. Taylor (1861-1915)

Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star

The Whitehorse Pioneer Cemetery

The Weekly Star - Friday, October 22, 1915

Headline: George L. Taylor, Police Magistrate, Succumbs to Heart Disease, 1915

    All Whitehorse was shocked yesterday morning when the news was passed around that Judge Geo. L. Taylor had died a few minutes after midnight.

    Judge Taylor had been feeling rather poorly for several days but attributed his indisposition to indigestion although Dr. Clarke informed him less than a week ago that his heart was weak. At 4 o'clock of the evening before he died he was on the street at which time he informed several of his friends that he was feeling better than for several days. He retired at about 11 o'clock Wednesday night. Just before 12 Mrs. Taylor entered the room from her own and inquired as to how he was feeling and received the assurance that he was anticipating a good night's rest. Within fifteen minutes his wife heard a sort of gurgling groan and entered the room to find her husband just crossing death's threshold. Dr. Clarke and neighbors were quickly called but could do nothing other than extend comfort to the living.

    The only members of the family here are Mrs. Taylor and their youngest daughter, Evelyn, the latter twelve years of age. Other members are Mrs. W. R. Hillery of Skagway, Jack, with Borden's Battery now in France, and Wilfrid and Helen, twins and aged 18 years, both attending college in Toronto. Mrs. Hillery, accompanied by her husband, arrived from Skagway on yesterday's train, The body will be taken to Skagway today and embalmed for shipment to deceased's boyhood home, Bothwell, Ontario, next week, accompanied by Mrs. Taylor and Miss Evelyn.

    Judge Taylor was born at Bothwell May 14, 1861, and was 54 years of age on his last birthday. While yet a boy he came west to Winnipeg where he studied law in the office of a brother-in-law who was associated with the late Judge Killim. After being admitted to the bar and practicing for a few years in Winnipeg, he returned to Bothwell where he practiced until coming to Whitehorse in 1901 to accept the position of police magistrate which he held at the time of his death.

    A Presbyterian, an uncompromising Liberal and a Britain to the core, Judge Taylor was even more. He was one of the best family men the writer has ever known - a loving, kind, considerate and indulgent husband and father. Liberal with money, he contributed freely to every deserving cause. Those who knew him best loved him most.

    To Mrs. Taylor and children is extended the profound sympathy of all our people who realize that the breaking up of the Taylor home is among the greatest losses that has ever befallen Whitehorse.

    October 29, 1915: "In the death of Police Magistrate George L. Taylor last week Whitehorse lost a good citizen and the Dominion a true blue patriot. Nothing has been heard as to his successor but there will be many aspirants for the position is assured. It is too good a plum, $5,400 per annum, to long remain unpicked, especially during these panicy times when many practioneers in the legal profession throughout Canada are not making office expenses."

    November 19, 1915: "New Police Magistrate. It is reported here that J. Langlois Bell, an attorney of Dawson, will succeed the late George L. Taylor as police magistrate at this place. The position is a good one, paying $5,400 per annum, including house rent. Mr. Bell came to Dawson fourteen years ago as assistant gold commissioner but has been engaged in the practice of his profession, that of law, for the past ten years. His family consists of a wife and grown daughter. His eldest daughter is the wife of Inspector Telford of the Royal N. W. M. P. The Bells will probably come to Whitehorse before the end of the year."

    We have found no record of Judge Taylor's body being shipped out, nor of a funeral or burial anywhere.