THE GOLDEN ROLL


| January/February 1994



ELZA LEE 'DODGE' TAYLOR died August 18, 1993 in Owensboro, Kentucky. He was born at Livia in McLean County, Kentucky, on February 28, 1907. He was a World War II Army veteran, a member of the DAV, Chapter 4, Owensboro, Kentucky, and the American Legion Post 9, Owensboro. He was also a member of Pleasant Hope General Baptist Church, Buel, Kentucky.

Dodge Taylor began his life with steam engines in 1930, when he purchased a 12 HP Case and a tobacco plant bed steaming outfit from a friend, William C. Carpenter of Livermore, Kentucky. The next year he bought a Keck-Gonnerman Pony mill and soon established a productive sawmill operation. He later bought a 15 HP Case to go with the 12 HP Case. In 1939 he bought a 20 HP Advance-Rumely and used this engine to steam plant beds and power the sawmill for over 20 years. With the Advance-Rumely engine belted up to the Keck-Gonnerman mill, and his natural ability, he became one of the top sawmill men in the state of Kentucky.

At Adams, Tennessee, in 1982, the Tennessee-Kentucky Threshermen's Association honored him with their 'Old Steam Man of the Year Award.' He was justifiably proud of this award and the framed certificate was placed in his casket and buried with him.

He enjoyed the distinction of having several articles written about his steam engine days. These stories appeared in Iron-Men Album, The Heritage Eagle, The Kentucky Explorer and the McLean County News.

He is survived by two sons, Elza Lenwood and Wesley Carroll; a daughter-in-law, Vickie; and a granddaughter, Kim.

Submitted by his son, Carroll Taylor, 1382 Kentucky 798, Calhoun, Kentucky 42327.