Former county commissioner Sam Taylor remembered
By Stephanie Taylor Ferriell, Senior Staff Writer, [email protected]
He was a country boy who left home to serve his country, then returned, devoting his life to the community. That service included one term as District 1 Crawford County Commissioner.
Samuel (Sam) R. Taylor of Marengo, who was commissioner from 1999 through 2002, died Feb. 19. He was 81.
Taylor’s tenure included planning for the new judicial complex, built at English to replace the old courthouse after the town relocated due to flooding.
His brother, Jim Taylor, said Sam was motivated to seek office “because he thought he could be an asset to the county.”
The two were born 2-1/2 years apart but were very close.
“We used to be called the Bobbsey twins,” Jim Taylor recalled. “Everywhere we went, we were together all the time.”
Jim said his brother was “big hearted and easy going. He was a very good friend to me, that’s for sure.”
He remembered their youth, growing up in the Whiskey Run Township area, swimming in the creek, playing tag and watching the races on Sunday afternoons at the old Marengo Racetrack with friends.
Carl Totten was one of those friends.
“We were next-door neighbors and about the same age, so we worked and played together for about 10 years,” Totten said.
The two were both members of the Cider Fork Conservers 4-H Club.
Sam Taylor remained involved with 4-H as a volunteer his entire life, serving on the county Extension board as well as the 4-H Council.
After graduating from Milltown High School, where he was active in FFA, Taylor joined the Air Force, serving stateside for four years, from 1958 to 1962.
A lifelong farmer, he was active in the Crawford County Cattlemen’s Association, serving as president at one point. Taylor’s professional life included working as a rural mail carrier, as well as at General Electric and the old Louisville Naval Ordnance.
Sam Taylor was a Mason, a member of the American Legion, a past member of the Crawford County Soil and Water Conservation District Board and a life-long member of Marengo United Methodist Church.
Jim Taylor said his brother was strong in his faith and that “it meant a lot to him, especially in his later years.”
Sam Taylor, said his younger brother, was a giving person.
“He’s helped a lot of people, given a lot to charity,” he said. “He was just an all-around nice guy.”