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The Infamous Black Bird Southern Oregon History, Revised


A. C. Tayler the Footfitter
Now downtown Medford's oldest business, succeeded by Kidd's and Norris Shoes.



    A. C. Tayler and wife last week returned from Chicago, and will reside permanently at Medford in the future.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, June 19, 1891, page 3


    A. C. Tayler has opened a shoe shop in Medford, opposite the post office.

"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, August 21, 1891, page 2


    Boots and shoes anatomically built by A. C. Tayler. Repairing promptly attended to. Carries in stock ladies', men's and infants' correct shape shoes. Personal attention given to fitting the foot. Opposite post office.
"Local and General," Southern Oregon Mail, June 24, 1892, page 3


    $1.25 will buy a Ladies' Solid Leather Shoe at Tayler's shoe store, opposite post office.
"Local and General," Southern Oregon Mail, September 9, 1892 et seq., page 3


    Tayler, the Medford shoe man, is having J. B. Griffin tan a fine Angora goatskin for him, with the fur on, for a rug. Griffin can do those jobs up in a style most pleasing--if anyone should ask you.
"Flashes from Phoenix," Medford Mail, March 17, 1893, page 2


    D. S. Youngs, the second hand store man, is all broke up, but he is not nearly so bad broke as the shoe house which has been building his shoes for the past several years. The house has closed its doors and D.S. knows not from whence cometh his next foot gear. Tayler and Damon are figuring on doubling up on lasts and concocting all manner of schemes whereby the necessary amount of leather may be gotten.
"City Local Whirl," Medford Mail, April 28, 1893, page 3


    If you want a pair of boots or shoes that will exactly suit you as to price, quality and fit,  go to Tayler, The Foot-fitter, Medford, Oregon. If you can't get suited there, you may as well give it up and go barefoot or wear moccasins the balance of your life.
Talent News, June 1, 1893, page 4


    Tayler, the foot fitter and shoe doctor, finds his present quarters too small. On the 1st of March, '94, he will move his stock of shoes, etc., to the store next to Wilkinson's meat market.
Medford Mail, February 16, 1894, page 3


    There was a lively runaway Tuesday, and for about a minute and a half it looked like there might be some serious results therefrom. A. E. Wood was engaged in unloading wood from a boxcar near the depot when his team became frightened at some small boys playing on top of the cars. The team started to run, and before Mr. Wood could reach them they were going zip flyee--like the Chinaman describes a toboggan slide--down Seventh Street, and if they didn't make good time it was no fault of theirs. As a matter of fact, they "just flew." They ran onto the north sidewalk near Mr. Tayler's shoe store, and in passing under the awning the wagon caught the posts and before you could mention it the awning lay flat on the sidewalk. When the wagon pole struck the next awning post, the horses and wagon piled up in a promiscuous heap and the runaway didn't run away any farther. The wagon was badly broken, but the team was uninjured.
"All the Local News," Medford Mail, June 30, 1893, page 3


    The first shipment of Tayler's foot-fitting shoe--made on his anatomical last. Every pair stamped "Tayler's Foot Fitters." Take no other.
"All the Local News," Medford Mail, November 10, 1893, page 3


A. C. TAYLER
THE SOUTHERN OREGON SHOE-FITTER
    There is no branch of business which requires a higher degree of enterprise and business capacity than the boot and shoe trade; and in this connection we desire to call attention to the excellent establishment of A. C. Tayler, the shoe fitter. He carries a choice and select stock of boots, shoes and slippers for men's, women's and children's wear, of all styles and grades, from the costly handmade goods to the coarser qualities, and at prices that are world-beaters. Mr. Tayler makes a specialty of custom-made goods, and being an expert mechanic he has gained an enviable and wide reputation for this class of goods. All kinds of repairing is promptly attended to at moderate prices. The business was established two years ago, by Mr. Tayler, and he has built a good business by steady adherence to work coupled with the class of goods sold.
"Medford Businessmen," Medford Mail, December 1, 1893, page 1


    It is a little late to make mention of the fact, but it's a good live item, as the parents will attest, hence we will proceed to say that there was born on January 15, 1894, a little "shoe-fitter" at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Tayler. The recent arrival--of just an even month ago--is of the male sex and has registered for an unlimited stay with Mr. Tayler, the foot clothier.
"New Arrivals," Medford Mail, February 16, 1894, page 3


    A. C. Tayler, between now and Monday, will move his shoe-fitting shop to the Damon building, near Mr. Lawton's harness shop. His increased business demands more room, hence the move. We understand he has purchased the property, the consideration being something like $1400.
"All the Local News," Medford Mail, March 2, 1894, page 3


    Hamilton & Palm have moved into the building recently vacated by Tayler, the shoe man.
"Saturday's Fire," Medford Mail, March 9, 1894, page 2


    Tayler, the foot-fitter, moved to his new quarters Monday.
"News of the City," Medford Mail, March 9, 1894, page 3


Fixed Up Slicker than Anybody.
   
Tayler's foot-fitting establishment is one of the slickest places in this man's town. He has removed several partitions, rearranged the general interior, and artistically papered and painted the walls--and all things thereabouts are new, neat and in appearance decidedly cheerful and businesslike.

"News of the City," Medford Mail, March 30, 1894, page 3


    A. C. Tayler:--"Gospel services are being held in my store every Sunday evening, conducted by S. D. Biden, and to which all are invited."

"Echoes from the Street," Medford Mail, April 20, 1894, page 2


    A. C. Tayler:--"There is something in children's shoes that is original with yours truly. It is a child's shoe with rawhide toe and heel protector. It is a notion of my own, and the house I buy of put them in at only a slight additional cost. They will protect the toe and heel from wearing through. They are 'wear resisters,' all right."

"Echoes from the Street," Medford Mail, June 22, 1894, page 2



Medford Mail, December 21, 1894

    "'Up to date' shoes at 'up to date' prices. Every pair warranted not to rip for two months. Look for the signs of foot and boot, also footprints on the sidewalk."
"Tayler, the Shoemaker and FootFitter" ad, Medford Mail, December 21, 1894


    A. C. Tayler, the footfitter, is having the interior of his shoe store building remodeled this week, and as soon as it is finished Frank Wilson will remove his bakery thereto and occupy one-half of the building. Frank is having made a solid stone oven which will be second to none in the state--and will fit up his room in the best manner possible. By turning out a superior quality of his product and attending strictly to business, Frank has built up a large trade since coming to Medford--and no one is more deserving of the success that he has met with than he.
"News of the City," Medford Mail, July 17, 1896, page 7


    We call our readers' attention to two new ads this week--J. G. Van Dyke & Co. and A. C. Tayler, the foot fitter. The former firm is talking very positively and plainly about their dollar-a-pair shoe--you could not avoid seeing their ad if you desired to. A. C. Tayler has just returned from a visit to England and while absent made a close study of the "latest in shoes," and is going to give the people of Jackson County the benefit of his newly acquired knowledge.
"News of the City," Medford Mail, February 12, 1897, page 7


TAYLER, THE FOOT FITTER,
Started in the retail and custom boot and shoe business in the fall of 1891, and has had a steady patronage ever since. He makes a specialty of only handling solid, reliable footwear made by the best shoemakers that this up-to-date country affords. Being a practical shoemaker, he only buys the best boots and shoes at the lowest prices, the result of which is that he has made many solid customers from the surrounding towns. Having also learned the last-making business in London, it fully qualifies him to choose boots and shoes made on foot-fitting principles. If shoes were properly fitted, corns and bunions would be unknown. Having had several years experience with Streeters Bros. of Chicago, one of the largest retail boot and shoe houses in the world, justly celebrated for handling foot-fitting boots and shoes, gives him an inside knowledge which would be hard to get in any other way, of the manufacturers who are making the best shoes at the lowest cost. Hence he is able to give to the public the benefits of his experience, which means a good shoe at the price of a shoddy one. Owning his own place of business and no partner to divide the profits with, he is able to compete with all comers.
"Our Business and Professional People Briefly Mentioned," Medford Mail. Series starts May 28, 1897, page 3


    Harvey Hall has jumped the Anaconda mine in Williams Creek district, owned by A. C. Tayler, A. A. Davis of Medford and others, because assessment work on it was not done in 1897. This is not right.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 24, 1898, page 3


To Wearers of Fine Shoes.
    A. C. Tayler of Medford, the foot fitter, has just received five lines of high- grade, up-to-date walking and dress shoes for girls, including the shell cordovan, Zulu calf and Curacao kid made by Stacy Adams Co., the famous shoemakers of Brockton, Mass. Call and see him.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, June 23, 1898, page 3


    The fair association has introduced a new feature for the last day of the district fair near Medford, awarding premiums as follows: G. L. Davis will give a prize of five dollars in groceries to the best-looking baby; Deuel & Sevens, $2.50 in goods to the same best-looking baby, A. C. Tayler, pair of fine shoes to the handsomest lady; D. H. Miller, one-half dozen tablespoons to the handsomest lady. Both the above are intended as first and second prizes. The association will also give a prize to the homeliest man.

"Local Notes,"
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, September 5, 1898, page 3


    A. C. Tayler, the well-known boot and shoe dealer, was married on May 3d at Oakland, Calif., to Miss Irena Wangerin of that city. The many friends of Mr. T. in this section are extending congratulations and best wishes, in which The Times heartily joins.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, May 15, 1899, page 3


    Mrs. J. D. Wangerin has returned from a visit to her daughter, Mrs. A. C. Tayler, in Medford, Or.
"Personal and Social," Oakland Tribune, June 26, 1899, page 5


    All kinds of sick shoes and boots doctored by Tayler, the Footfitter, Medford.

"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, August 21, 1899, page 3


    A resolution was introduced and adopted ordering the following property owners on Seventh Street to build cement sidewalks in front of same: Palm and Bodge, Big Bend Milling Company, A. C. Tayler, I. J. Phipps and Mrs. A. R. Phipps.

"City Council Proceedings,"
Medford Mail, February 22, 1901, page 2


    Mrs. J. D. Wangerin, who has been visiting several months with her daughter, Mrs. A. C. Tayler, returned to her home in Oakland, Cal. Monday.

"Society: Medford," Sunday Oregonian, Portland, May 26, 1901, page 14

A. C. Tayler ad, November 29, 1901 Medford Mail
November 29, 1901 Medford Mail

A. C. Tayler ad, May 22, 1902 Democratic Times
May 22, 1902 Democratic Times

    M. S. Biden, the scientific shoe constructor, may be found with Tayler, the foot-fitter, again.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, June 12, 1902, page 2


    A. C. Tayler, the foot fitter, who has been so sick, is able to leave his bed and will be at his place of business before long.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, October 30, 1902, page 3


    A. C. Tayler, who has had a severe spell of typhoid fever, is at his place of business again.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, November 6, 1902, page 2


    "The Foot-Fitter. Follow the feet on our sidewalk."
C. M. Kidd ad, Southern Oregonian, April 11, 1908



BEAUTIFUL BUILDING
Phipps-Tayler Block Has Very Attractive Front
    Everybody is admiring the splendid brick front which is being put in for Messrs. Phipps and Tayler in their new building on East Main Street. The brick used are white in color with outer surface glazed, and the plain ones used, that is, those not of special ornamental finish, cost $100 per thousand, while those used in the ornamental finish cost $150 per thousand.
    This is a big price to be paid for material, but the beautiful, stately and individual effect produced more than compensates for the additional cost. The fact that two members of the Medford Brick Company, Messrs. O. D. Nagle and G. T. O'Brien, are mechanics capable of handling and properly putting into place material so costly is, or ought to be, a source of much satisfaction to every citizen of Medford.
Medford Mail, September 24, 1909, page 5


    "William Streeter, a millionaire retired shoe merchant of Chicago, is visiting A. C. Tayler on his ranch south of Medford. Mr. Tayler was formerly a salesman in the employ of Mr. Streeter. William Streeter's store was known as the largest shoe store, retail, in Chicago and one of the largest in the world."
"Personal Items," Medford Mail Tribune weekly, October 6, 1910, page 5

Kidd's for Shoes
    Can you imagine the modern miss being so modest that she had to take home her high boots to try on? But that was really the custom when C. M. Kidd started Kidd's Shoe Store in 1910, according to Harvey J. Field, manager and partner. Everyone wore high cloth-topped buttoned shoes, with long narrow toes that never cost more than $5. The next style was the knob toe, and then laced shoes came in for a while. The only low shoes that were ever worn were for formal evening wear, and they had extremely high French heels about the size of a dime. Heavy wool hose started the oxford fad, and now 95 percent of women's shoes are oxfords and 75 percent of the men's.
    Galoshes were entirely unknown until four years ago, but as Mr. Field says, they are considered the most sensible footwear that has appeared for years. Kidd's have just added a new line, the "varsity shoe," which has been so popular in the East for years.
"Brief History of Old-Time Medford Firms Given," Medford Mail Tribune, September 29, 1930, page 8



Last revised March 11, 2014