Taylor, Reuben A., was born at Lanesboro, Pa., March 8, 1866, and attended the public schools until he was fifteen years of age, when he entered the State Normal School at Potsdam, Pa. He was compelled to work his way through school, which took him five years, whereas the regular course was but three. In 1886 he was graduated with honors, having completed the English course of instruction; he then taught for one year in the Sanitaria Springs (N. Y.) public schools, also one year at Spring Valley, N. Y., and two years at Haverstraw, N. Y. In November, 1889, he was appointed express messenger for the National Express Company over the West Shore and Fitchburg Railroad, his route being from Niagara Falls to Boston, Mass. In 1890 he removed his residence to Niagara Falls. On August 21, he was married to Larena A., daughter of Hon. W. W. Mumford, of Starrucca. In September, 1892, he assumed the principalship of the then Union School at Niagara Falls, to which position he had been appointed in July of the same year; he still holds that office, the school at the present time bearing the name of Niagara Falls High School.
Contributed 2017 by Lisa Slaski from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York, by William Pool, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1897
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