The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

June 25, 2013

Letter: John Taylor will be missed

Enid News & Eagle

— The passing of the former publisher of the Enid Morning News & Daily Eagle, John Taylor, is a significant loss for our community. He was a man of uncommon rectitude, integrity, honesty and just plain common sense.

Through three generations, the Taylor and Garber families owned and managed one of the state’s leading newspapers; conservative in philosophy, but fearless in editorial commentary. It was the only Oklahoma newspaper to publish columns by Walter Lippman, Bill Mauldin’s editorial cartoons, and The New York Times wire service. Yet, both its publisher and editors were Republican.

They formed, through their families, a unique leadership of a very profitable business. In the old building upstairs were the Garbers and the news and editorial, and on the first floor the Taylors, advertising, circulation and finance. In the new building, the Taylors were to the left and the Garbers to the right. It was my privilege sometimes to represent the Garber side, and Sue and John Taylor were good friends. Every businessman on the courthouse square in Enid knew that as regular as clockwork, every work day morning, John Taylor and one of his associates would carry the deposits from the receipts of the day before to the First National Bank. He was a great husband, friend, father and loved Enid. We will all miss him.

Stephen Jones