TM Taylor Business personality of the week

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TM Taylor Business personality of the week - 34 Years in Seed Business Is * - ; • - •...
34 Years in Seed Business Is * - ; • - • -•..,...- .'' Record of Theodore M. Taylor By EftMA JEANNE ARGTLE Theodore M Taylor, manager of Carpenter Seed Co., brought years of experience in the seed business as wen u fee old seed bins to his new location, at 3080 C. State St. when he moved the company from downtown to the spacious buildinf The familiar bins, many years • fixture am the University Ave- aue location, stil function use- Cntty as pact «f the mafl order department, and Mr. Taylor himself is there to greet both old and new friends of the company. A bank cashier at age 21, Mr. Taylor had a varied career be-, fore he tame to Provo 34 yean ago to operate Carpenter Seed with his fattier. "Bit grew' up on a jwi7-acre ranch in Juab County. Juab was the freight terminal for all southern Utah in the early days, and his grandmother ran a hotel at the ranch for many years. At one time, recalls Mr. Taylor, there were 14 families on the ranch. The family raised livestock and ran a race track on the ranch. Became a Banker In 1920 Mr. Taylor went to Delta to become assistant cashier of the First National Bank, a position he held for three years until the bank consolidated with Delta State Bank. At a banker's convention in Delta he met Clara Mae Orton, who became his wife in Provo in 1»23. He became a state deputy game warden for Millard County m 1921, and in 1923 was appointed justice of peace in Delta. He purchased half-interest in the Toggery, a men's clothing •tore, and operated it until fire burned the entire stock and building. In Provo Mr. Taylor worked with Tom Matoney of the B and H Pharmacy and at Thornton Drug for some time. He also worked for Delta Lumber Co. and as timekeeper for Utah Idaho Sugar CD., and operated an insurance agency. With his wife he played am a Millard County orchestra. Associated With Fattier He came to Provo hi 1924 to go into business with his father, T. T. Taylor, at Carpenter Seed, 76 N. University Ave., where they operated for many years. They moved to their present location in 1950, but his father died before the new building was completed. With six ful time employes, Mr. Taylor has expanded the business to include year-round pete and tap- URGES Theodore M. Taylor, who found his niche in seed business after varied career. He feels Utah Valley is one of the most beautiful places in the world and likes to help beautify it through greenery. plies, hardware and sporting goods, in addition to seeds and nursery.stock. His wife, two sons and a son-in-law work with him at the store. Of the Taylors' four children, all live in Provo and three are married. They have nine grandsons and one granddaughter. Mr. Taylor was enthusiastic about a vacation trip to Europe taken during the summer with his wife. Highlighting this journey was a visit to the Holland bulb areas, where they saw methods and equipment of propagating bulbs. "We enjoyed that more than a week in Paris,",he added. On the return trip, 'the bulbs—the same as he sells in Provo—came to the United States by boat white he • and bis wife flew here, and the bulbs were waiting in New York when they arrived. Praises Utah Valley "After being away," Mr. Taylor said, "I have never found anything better than we have right in our beautiful valley." Interested m building up Provo, Mr. Taylor adds beauty with planters of evergreens, perennials and annuals fronting the store. He expressed pleasure in the growing trend to home planters both indoors and out for year-round home greenery. Mr. Taylor served for seven years as bishop of Provo Fourth LDS Ward and also served seven years in the Utah State high council. He is now president of Utah Stake High Priests. He enjoys the outdoors, especially horseback riding, and keeps an American saddler for riding in the foothills and the canyons nearby the store. As a hobby he also has kept sheep, ducks, geese and guinea hens. Firms Use Roundabout Channels Needed Data for Foreign Some Provo businessmen are losing time in obtaining information needed to transact business hi a foreign country by not utilizing the local facilities of the Department of Commerce, according to J. Jerry Jeremy manager of tiie Salt Lake field office. Mr. Jeremy points out many businessmen write direct to Foreign Service posts around the world in the mistaken belief this will provide them with faster and more complete trade information than they could obtain at the Provo Chamber, or the SLC Commerce office. Results of a study of an such letters received by Foreign Service posts during a six-week period show 77 per cent of them could have been answered by the Department of Commerce field office nearest the writer without reference to the overseas post. In many cases, the Foreign Service did not have access to all the information necessary to answer the letter completely and had to send it to the Bureau of Foreign Commerce for additional information. Of the letters surveyed, 61 per cent inquired about information contained in trade lists and World Trade Directory reports; 21 per cent about trade complaints, adjustments, or trademarks; 11 per cent about research projects, industry studies, statistical infor-

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  1. The Daily Herald,
  2. 07 Dec 1958, Sun,
  3. Page 14

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