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Delta throwback: Ladner's Ted Taylor

Still working at his store into his 80s, Taylor was also a singer in church choirs and an opera society
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Ted Taylor celebrated 50 years in business in Ladner back in 1962. Here he was seated on a stitching horse he had for many years. In the background can be seen some of the harness and leather goods that still formed a part of the stock of Taylor’s Shoe Store.

Let’s head back to the September 1962 pages of the Delta Optimist when a feature story ran on local businessman Vernon “Ted” Taylor, who celebrated 50 years in business in Ladner.

Taylor was simply known as “Ted” by many and was described as “a lively little man at 82.”

Born in Leeds, Yorkshire, Taylor grew up in Cornwall and was apprenticed as a harness maker.

Coming to Ladner in 1911, he took his current store on the south side of Westham Street (now called 48th Avenue) in 1912 and was there ever since.

He made and sold saddlery, harnesses, mended shoes and did all kinds of other leather work.

Those were the days when every farmer had a horse and buggy.

All the farm work was done with heavy horses and there was a continual demand for leather work.

In 1947, after 35 years in the store, Ted took his son-in-law Lloyd G. Taylor into his businesses.

The Delta Saddlery, as Ted’s store was called, became Taylor’s Shoe Store.

“Whether a visitor calls into Taylor’s for a pair of new shoes, to pick up a mended coat, handbag or dog collar or just to pass the time of day, he gets he gets a welcomes and pleasant visit with Ted Taylor, Ladner’s ever-young harness maker and musician,” the articles stated.