My theme for the A to Z April Challenge is “In-Laws and Out-Laws – Friends of the Family.” I will be researching friends, colleagues, neighbors - those people who came and went touching my family’s lives in both small and large ways.
is for Elise. Elise Fauver Taylor.
Elise was a classmate of my grandaunt Velma Davis (later Woodring) when the two were at Harrisonburg Teachers College (now James Madison University. Go Dukes!). Probably she lived in Wellington Hall too, judging by the number of photos taken around the dorm.
But Elise was more than just a casual acquaintance passing in the hall with a polite nod. Pictures taken away from campus suggest they may have visited each other’s homes on the weekend.
|March 1925 - location unknown|
On the fence: Velma Davis and
On the ground: Elise Taylor
Elise was born December 6, 1906 to Charles and Mary Fauver Taylor. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, less than an hour’s drive from Harrisonburg.
At HTC Elise stayed busy playing multiple sports. She played on both the freshman and varsity field hockey teams, as well as the freshman, sophomore, and varsity basketball teams. She was a member of Pinquet Tennis Club and YWCA. With all that involvement, it is no wonder she served on the Athletic Council which was comprised of team captains and sports leaders.
|Elise and Velma|
|Standing: Thelma Haga and Leta LeVow|
Kneeling: Velma and Elise
Elise's membership in the Grammar Grade Club indicated her intention to become an elementary school teacher. Apparently she made good on those plans. In the 1930 Waynesboro, Virginia census, she was living with relatives and working as a public school teacher.
I do not know whether she continued working after she married Robert “Bob” Phillips in 1932. In 1940, they were renting a house in Waynesboro. Bob was a shipping clerk at an apple plant while Elise was at home caring for their son and daughter. A family tree on Ancestry.com indicates they had two more children later on.
At some point Elise and Bob moved to Cobb, Georgia. Elise died one day after her 90th birthday.
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