From: May Heath Saugatuck Book

Early Memories of Saugatuck, Michigan : 1830-1930
Author: Heath, May Francis
Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company; Grand Rapids, Mich: 1930


One of the oldest and most reliable merchants in Saugatuck for more than fifty years was Alfred B. Taylor. He was born in Milan, Ohio, in 1846, the son of J. Rice and Henrietta Taylor, natives of England, and his maternal grandfather was a merchant in Amsterdam.

When but fifteen years of age he came with his father to Allegan,, when he was employed in a general store and in 1868 the family moved to Saugatuck where he was employed in H. D. Moore's general store and later was taken into partnership, the firm being known as H. D. Moore & Co., which partnership continued until 1873 when he entered the partnership with D. L. Barber, which ceased in 1879 when he went into business for himself in the store of the then new I. O O. F. building

In 1874 he was married to Miss Julia B. Russell of Chautauqua, N. Y., and they became the parents of three children, Russell Rice, Bessie Henrietta and Alfred B., Jr.

Mr. Taylor built up a most successful mercantile busi­ness and though seriously afflicted with rheumatism in the early eighties, which kept him in an invalid's chair the rest of is life, his splendid wife entered the business and to­gether continued, and in 1896 established a banking business which afterward became the Fruit Growers State Bank of Saugatuck. He was the first president of the bank and so continued until 1912 when he moved to California to enjoy the fruits of his labor, in quiet and away from active business interests, having purchased a home in Santa Monica, where he passed away in 1920, survived by his wife and children. Mr. Taylor was greatly respected for his honor and integrity; the family were all Episcopalian, and he was a member of F. & A. M., also the I. O. O. F.