Classic Camp Photos

It’s hard to believe it’s already December.  The good thing about that is, it means we are one day closer to the walleye opener in the spring!!!  Can you tell that cabin fever is starting to set in???  LOL

I decided to post some camp photos from the past (40+ years ago).  It is interesting how fast time flies…

Below is an Em Kay Camp brochure printed in the 70’s:

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The next photo (early 1970’s) actually made it to the brochure, but is in color.  Ben Taylor the camp owner is the guy on the left helping hold up that big northern…

The next camp photo is really old!  I’m guessing late 1950’s, early 1960’s.  In this one my grandfather Vernon “Ben” Taylor is at the wood stove cooking sliced potato’s.  Doc Holland is behind him with Swede Pearson in the background.  They are in cabin 5, the shelf behind Swede is still hanging on the wall!!


The next photo (1970’s) is showing Grandpa “Ben” on the right with Bud Lesan tending to some meat on the grill and the main lodge as the backdrop.


The final picture (mid to late 70’s) is showing Ben Taylor (in hat) crouching in front of a mess of northerns with his hand around his beloved husky “Chinook”.  I am old enough to remember uncle Ben owning that dog .  Chinook loved to be petted and usually got a lot of attention from folks in the camp.


If you have any other classic Em Kay Camp photos, send them on to me to post on the blog.


Alice Rose (Miller) Taylor

Last Sunday morning at 6:30 am, Grandma Taylor passed away peacefully at Methodist Hospital in Des Moines.  The remarkable thing is that she was coherent up until the end.  She was able to identify everyone in the hospital room on Saturday night.  She still had that great smile on her face and had been dreaming about her boys.  She was the family matriarch and consistent prayer warrior, praying for each grandchild and great-grandchild every morning.  Grandma had the gifts of compassion and hospitality.  This was evident by her ability to listen well and offer sage advice to us all.  She would also spend hours entertaining many guests at the summer cabin near Ear Falls, Ontario Canada. (Read: cooking great food and playing dominos or some other game).  She was a great cook.  If you went hungry at her house, it was your own fault,  LOL.  I’m sure she is deep fat frying fish and long-johns right now for the multitudes.  We will miss her, however she was looking forward to being reunited with her boys and those that went on before her.  Go rest high on that mountain Grandma, go rest high…..


Alice Taylor, 95, of Creston, passed away Sunday, September 29, 2013 at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. Private family graveside services will be 1:30 p.m. Sunday, OCTOBER 13, 2013 at Graceland Cemetery in Creston. Online condolences may be made at  Alice Rose (Miller) Taylor was born July 9, 1918 on a farm southeast of Creston in Grant Township to Hattie (Molby) and John A. Miller. She moved with her family in 1924 to Creston, where she graduated as Valedictorian from Creston High School in 1936. She attended Creston Junior College for one year and then taught in a country school for one year.

On May 29, 1938 she married Vernon W. “Benny” Taylor. To this union, four children were born: Helen Beth, Terry, Jack and Ben Taylor.  During her life, she worked as a receptionist at the REA office north of Creston in 1955 to 1963. In 1970, she took the census for Sand Creek and Pleasant Townships. She also did interviews for several years in the Creston area for Princeton, New Jersey Gallop Poll.  Alice was a member of the First Baptist Church where she was a deaconess, VBS and Sunday School Teacher and church choir member. She was also a member of the former Spizzerinktum Club, South Valley Quilters, Bancroft History Club, Friends of the Library, YMCA & 55 Plus Club, N.A.R.V.R.E., Railroad Club, Women’s Auxiliary for both the Hospital and Hospice and was active with Meals on Wheels for many years.

Alice and Vernon spent 30 summers at their cottage in Ear Falls, Ontario, Canada, where they also attended church and made many friends in the area.

Survivors include one daughter, Beth Taylor Ferguson of Creston; daughters-in-law, Sherry Taylor of Creston, Bonnie Taylor of Des Moines, Willie Taylor of Ankeny, Dawn Taylor of Des Moines, one sister Pauline Moberg of Creston, 12 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, four nephews and two nieces. She was preceded in death by her husband Vernon W. “Benny” Taylor, three sons, Terry V. Taylor, Jack P. Taylor and Ben Taylor, a sister, Helen Long, three brothers-in-law Don Moberg, Raymond Long and W.P. Taylor and one sister-in-law Juanita Taylor.