Razed in the fire, whose origin is not known, was a 20 by 70-foot brooder house, whose estimated value was reported at $4,000. No price, Taylor said, could be put on his White Wyandotte hens. Although they were foundation stock, representative of the national championship layers with which he has won national records and Lake county fair grand championships, he said earlier this week that their loss would have no immediate effect on his ability to deliver this season.
Total loss from the fire has been estimated at around $10,000.
Firemen from Lowell, Lake Dale, Cedar Lake and Crown Point battled the blaze for two hours. The fire was traced to straw ignited by one of two brooder stoves in the shed.
Aged 46, he was born to Mr. and Mrs. Hamlet Taylor in their farm home west of Lowell and West Creek Township continued his homeplace for virtually all of his life. After graduation from Lowell high school he began the study, raising and breeding of chickens that continued to claim his interest and spur his resourcefulness, ambition and industry. His chicken farm and country home were on Highway 41 near Cedar Lake.
After complaining of headaches for the last few weeks Harvey entered Gary Methodist hospital Friday for extensive examination and Tuesday night the operation scheduled for this Friday was performed because of the growing seriousness of his condition.
His wife, Joyce Frame Taylor, whom he married two years ago on New Year's Day, and her three daughters survive with his father, who [is] in ill health, and Mrs. Taylor; three brothers, Milford Taylor of Cedar Lake, Leo of Chicago and Forrest of Medford, Wisconsin; and three sisters, Mrs. Bert Bruce of Lowell, Mrs. Earl Alexander of Cedar [Lake] and Mrs. Jack Hansel of Alexandria, Virginia.
The body was taken to the Eskridge funeral home in Lowell.
Harvey, son of Hamlet and Lue Ella (Wheeler) Taylor of West Creek Township, rural route 2, Lowell, was born at the farm home April 12, 1910. He was graduated from Lowell high school in 1928 and was an alumnus of the South Bend Business College. He attended short courses at Purdue University where he studied varied fields in poultry. He established a poultry farm in West Creek Township on U.S. 41, south of Cook, and had gained international reputation as a breeder of Silver Wyandottes. He developed a hybrid strain known as Taylor Crossbreds and his hens won egg - laying contests over the nation. Taylor Cross chicks have been flown by the thousands to poultrymen in foreign lands.
The Rev. Jasper H. Cox, pastor of the Crown Point Methodist church, officiated at memorial services held at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 6, in the Eskridge Funeral Home, Lowell. Interment was made in Maplewood cemetery, Crown Point.
His wife, Joyce Frame Taylor and her three children survive with his parents and six brothers and sisters, Forrest of Medford, Wisconsin, Leo of Chicago, Milford of Cedar Lake, Mrs. Earl (Helen) Alexander of Cedar Lake, Mrs. Jack (Carrie) Hansel of Alexandria, Virginia, and Mrs. Bert (Ester) Bruce of Lowell; besides a host of other relatives and many friends.
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