"Every Little Bird Seems to Whisper Louise"

Louise Taylor, Coles County Reporter Scrapbook

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LOUISE IS CANDIDATE TWICE IN 1950'S


 

LOUISE WAS BORN & RAISED A DEMOCRAT

 

Louise was a strong Democrat and Ray Livesay was a staunch Republican. Perhaps there was a clash of these personalities? The exact reason for the move to WEIC is unknown to me. In later years she would return to WLBH, but again resign during the mid 1960's.  She had friendships with Republicans as well.  Thatís a good politician.

LOUISE ATTEMPTS A POLITICAL CAREER

In 1956, Louise ran as a Democrat for Coles County Circuit Clerk. She ran against Joseph Snyder who was a popular Republican. She ran a good campaign, but was beat. If you ask her about the results of this election, she will tell you it they were terrible. The final vote was Snyder-8,482 and Taylor-6,021. That is a remarkable amount of votes to gather. She did really well for a woman in 1956, and was a Democrat to top it all off. She would run for office again, later, and get elected as Democrat precinct committeeman for precinct 8 in Charleston. Unaware of the upcoming 1980's women's liberation movement, she was breaking down barriers in the 1950's. She would hold this office for several terms. About 1961, Louise went to Springfield and with a few connections got herself a good state job. The job was with the Department of Revenue. Ironically, she would take Red and I with her on some of her news event calls. One such call was at Herrick, Illinois to help Mrs. Mildred Carroll, our present-day undertaker and hardware store operator, and community leader. I thought then, I sure wouldn't want to live in that sleepy little town. I have presently lived near Herrick for over seventeen years (Ha! Ha!ómy Lynch sense of humor showing through). In 1973, Louise ran for Charleston Mayor. This period of history for the Taylor's was exciting. Read the companion book to this one, "When the Gong Rings," for details of Charleston politics. 

LOUISE IS CANDIDATE FOR MC CALL MAGAZINE'S AWARD TO WOMEN IN RADIO AND TELEVISION

Louise, in 1955, after her move to WEIC, was nominated by program director, Lloyd McFee to attempt to achieve the national Me Call Women's Broadcaster's Award. Many prominent Coles County businessmen and leaders wrote letters of recommendation for her including: Elmer Elston (County Clerk of Coles County); Charlie Reynolds (Pres. of the Charleston National Bank); Horace V. Clark (Coles Coroner); Leroy Boggs (Coles Sheriff); C.J. Dintleman (Community Unit #1 Superintendent); G.W. Dunn (Coles Superintendent of Schools); Rudolph D. Anfinson (Dean of Students, E.I.U.); James Pelton (Democrat Party Leader). Louise didn't get the award, but got a lot of nice complementary letters to keep for posterity. Many of these community leaders are deceased now. Louise developed a popularity and respect in the county.

WAS THE COLES COUNTY REPORTER IMPORTANT IN THE COMMUNITY?           

I never thought my mom was any kind of a position seeker. We always connected with Charleston "north enders" as well as "south enders." I asked her if her cousin Lee Lynch was a "big shot". She said "he was considered an important person, but was always likeable." As anyone who can remember Lee will testify, he was likeable and personable. He would remember your name and treat you importantly. Jack Rardin stated that Lee would "Do about anything possible to help you." Louise said that she never was interested in being a 'Big Shot." I think her north end up-bringing instilled in her a respect for all kinds of people. She could buddy up with a Dr. Quincy Doudna, or spend time visiting the poor and down-and-out. Louise even had jobs of driving the mentally and physically retarded around in our own bus. She even worked for a while as entertainment director for a home for retarded adults. She helped our family by making a little extra money and enjoyed the radio work as well.

 


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